Broken Consort

A 'broken consort' is an ensemble made up of instruments from more than one family, for example, a group featuring both string and wind instruments.

Friday 18 February 2011

Class - 17th February

We're still working away on 'Wedding Day at Troldhaugen', and 'The Hebrides Overture'...which received it's third installment this week.

Small group items:
  • Vivaldi 'Sarabanda' and 'Giga' - George, Imogen, Diana & Joan
  • Grieg 'Sarabande' and 'Gavotte' from 'Holberg's Time - Annie, Judy, Kath, Theresa, Dermot & Margaret
  • Busoni Duo - Heather, Helen & Angela
  • Corelli Sonata da Chiesa - Annabel, Polly & Mike
It's half-term next week, so no class...but I'm sure everyone will be practising furiously! ;0)

Friday 11 February 2011

Class - 10th February

We had a visitor this evening, Krystyna - she joined in our rehearsal this evening playing treble recorder in both the full ensemble, and one of the smaller groups. I'd added an 'extension' to 'The Hebrides Overture', which means we're now swamped with pages and pages of music, and it's still not finished! We're still gaining speed in 'Wedding Day at Troldhaugen', though not all at the same rate!

Small group items:
  • Heinichen Trio Sonata in G Major - Diana, Kath & Joan
  • The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba, by Handel - Annie, Polly, Theresa, Dermot & Mike
  • Finger 'Trio Sonata in G Minor - George, Krystyna, Margaret &Angela
  • J. C. Bach Trio Sonata in G Major - Heather, Judy & Imogen

Thursday 3 February 2011

Class - 3rd February

We embarked on a 'Hebridean' adventure this's not finished yet, but I thought we'd try the opening third of Mendelssohn's 'Hebrides Overture'. We did so with a good degree of success...although Annabel thought we sounded 'out of tune' at the end...turns out they were 'intentional dischords'! We're picking up speed in Wedding Day at Troldhaugen', although not everybody appreciated it!

Small group items:
  • J. C. Bach 'Quintet in G major' - Annie, Annabel, Kath, Polly, Margaret & Joan
  • Vivaldi 'Concerto in G minor' - Judy, Diana, Mike & Angela
  • Mendelssohn 'Prelude' (Opus 7, #2) - Heather, Imogen, Theresa & Dermot