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Scholars Day: April 7, 2010

Songs and Dances for Viola da Gamba Consort

Composers through the ages have often relied on songs and dances as models for their works for instrumental ensembles. In this performance, the Rochester-based Mean Tone Viola da Gamba Consort demonstrates how songs and dances are transformed into works for viola da gamba. We first discuss and play the model piece, then show how the composer transforms the song or dance into a work for four violas da gamba. We also discuss how the dance would traditionally be performed and how this affects the concert piece. Finally, we discuss and perform works that combine song and dance. We begin with one of the earliest works for viol—a sixteenth-century instrumental piece based on a madrigal—and end with a twenty-first century work that makes a dance (tango) out of a song (“In nomine”).

Presenters: Elizabeth Phillips (Not specified)
Elizabeth Seely (Not specified)
Neil Seely (Not specified)
Nancy Washer (Faculty)
Topic: Music
Location: 221 Hartwell
Time: 1:15 pm (Session III)