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A weekend of Madrigal Singing, Course no 11

Course date: Friday, 11 Jan 2013 - Sunday, 13 Jan 2013

A weekend of Madrigal Singing

Course times: 16:00 - 16:00

Funny that madrigals still have a reputation for ‘fa la: whoops there go my hose’ when the best of them are the equivalent of works by Titian, Leonardo or Nicholas Hilliard.  Spend two days getting inside some of their most exquisite examples and the best vocal chamber music ever conceived.  Monteverdi’s madrigals are quite simply the best ever written: beautifully crafted, wonderful to sing and full of passion.  Their influence was felt all over Europe, especially in England and Germany whose greatest masters were Schütz (published in Venice) and Thomas Weelkes, here writing an incredible lament on the death of the Master of the Revels, Henry Noel.  In case that’s too heavy for post-Christmas fare, two light-hearted vocal soufflés will serve as sorbets to cleanse the palette.

Music downloads will be provided in advance and some preparation will be required.

Residential single £265; shared £235. Non-residential £190

-fees include accommodation, tea/coffee on arrival, delicious home cooked meals and refreshments

Exquisite Renaissance miniatures

Monteverdi – Si ch’io vorrei morire

Monteverdi – Anima dolorosa

Schütz – Dunque addio

Weelkes – Noel, adieu thou court’s delight

Senfl – Das G’läut zu Speyer

Claude Le Jeune – Allons, allons gay

Tutor: Robert Hollingworth founded the innovative Renaissance and contemporary solo-voice ensemble I Fagiolini in 1986, who perform to sell-out audiences.  He has recorded 19 CDs (some topping classical charts) and 2 DVDs, toured internationally and undertaken many innovative productions such as Simunye, The Full Monteverdi, Tallis in Wonderland and How Like An Angel. http://www.ifagiolini.com/about-us/robert-hollingworth/

Information for participants

A basic level of sight-singing is required. Suitable for newcomers and more experienced.


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