da Gamba Society - New England - Spring Workshop 2014
Workshop Date: Sunday April 5th, 2014
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"The English Invasion!"
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Viola da Gamba
Spring Workshop 2014
The English Invasion!
The influence of English composers on the
Storrs Congregational Church
2 North Eagleville Rd.
Storrs, CT 06268
Workshop Date: April 5, 2014
Music Director: Patricia Ann Neely
Coordinator: Sybil Kevy
Coaches: Carol Lewis, Alice Robbins, Pat Neely
Registration deadline March 15, 2014
England has often been
described, in the Renaissance and Baroque periods, as a culturally
isolated country, a result of its geographic separation from the
European continent. However, isolation did not necessarily imply that
the country was culturally dormant. England’s physical isolation
appears to have provided it with an environment in which it could
develop its own musical footprint. The lute song, the consort song,
dances, and the fantasia are synonymous with Elizabethan and Jacobean
England. The development of these forms by the English catapulted
composers into prominence and set the stage for a cultural revolution
which was felt on the continent. This cultural invasion by the British
was instrumental in effecting a significant change in the musical taste
of North Germany and its environs.
Once the English crossed the channel into northern Germany, The
Netherlands and Denmark, the dye was cast for a replication of musical
style that would lend strength to works of composers on the continent
fortunate to build relationships with their transplanted English
John Dowland, William Brade and Thomas Simpson are the most familiar of
the English expatriates who brought with them masque tunes, popular
ballads and the English dance tradition, the latter of particular
interest to the Germans.
William Brade and Thomas Simpson flourished in their adopted countries.
Although there appear to be no surviving records of either working in
England, both Brade and Simpson made it clear that they were
transplanted Englishman by the titles associated with publications of
their music: "W. B. E." (Wilhelm Brade, Englishman) appearing at the
beginning of his dance compositions, and Taffel Consort … durch
Thomas Simpson, Engeländer, (1621) identifying Thomas
Simpson’s place of origin. Both Brade and John Dowland were at
one time in the employ of Christian IV of Denmark; however, it appears
that they did not necessarily enjoy each other’s company. Several
of Brade’s publications include works of English composers, such
as Cormacke, Robert Bateman, and Robert Johnson, but there are no
representative examples of works by Dowland. Brade and Simpson did not
support one another in their anthologies even though they worked at
times in the same court. When it was discovered that two of
Brade’s works appear in Simpson’s Taffel Consort, there was
little surprise that they were marked, “Incert” or origin
unknown. However, Brade and Dowland (along with Anthony Holborne) are
represented in the 1607 collection, Die Erster Theil/Ausserlesener
Paduanen und Galliarden compiled by Zachariam Füllsack and
Christian Hildebrandt, civic musicians in Hamburg. The collection
contains works by four German composers and six English composers,
including 16 works by Brade.
This workshop, with coaches Carol Lewis and Alice Robbins as well as
Pat Neely, will explore the repertoire from a series of German
publications heavily influenced by British composers who flourished on
|9:00 - 9:30
||Registration and Set-up
||Please bring a stand
||For scholarship and senior
rates, email Sybil Kevy (email@example.com)
||Lunch (and brief annual meeting)
to Storrs Congregational Church ( 2 North Eagleville Road, Storrs, CT 06268):
From Eastern Massachusetts: Take I-90 (Mass Pike) to I-84 West to Exit 68 in Tolland.
From Hartford: Take I-84 East to Exit 68 in Tolland.
Once you have taken Exit 68 from I-84:
Travel south on Connecticut Route 195 about 6 miles to the University.
(You will come to the intersection of Rt. 195 and Rt. 32 after
approximately 4 miles; then the intersection of Rt. 195 and Rt. 44 --
known as Mansfield Four Corners -- after another 2 miles.)
Proceed through the 195/44 intersection and travel approximately 1 mile to the University of
Connecticut. You will see Storrs Congregational Church's spire from
quite some distance. It is on the corner of North Eagleville Road and
Rte. 195. Turn right at the church and park (on Sundays only) along the
road in front of the church. There is also a small parking lot behind
the church with handicapped parking spaces. Proceed past the church and
take the first driveway on the right.
Click here for Storrs Congregational Church Directions Webpage
Click here for a Map/Directions via Google
Deadline: March 15th, 2014
Late registrations will be accepted only if space is available!
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