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Chamber Music Options

Fall 2015


Recent Update! Chamber Music Focus on Double Bass

Andrew Mark, coach

Meeting room: 1112 2A

Chamber music from the double bass perspective will be the focus of this class. Repertoire may include, but not be limited to, Schubert “Trout” Quintet, Harold Shapero “String Quintet”, Rossini “Duo for Cello and Double Bass”, Stravinsky “L’Histoire du Soldat”, Bottessini “Grand Duo”.

The Music of Beethoven

Judith Eissenberg (founder of the Lydian String Quartet) coach

Meeting room: Houston Hall

What makes Beethoven, Beethoven? Why does his music still touch us so deeply and resonate with our lives? How strictly should you follow the score; how much should you care about performance practice (at the time the piece was composed)? How do you plan out your performance, and still be spontaneous? Music from the Opus 1 piano trios to the late string quartets will be studied. Open to all instruments in duos, trios and quartets.

Classical Style

Lila Brown, coach

Meeting room: 31H T406

All that goes into performing works from the Classical Period with elegance and charm: articulations (clarinetists, flutists!), bowing, bow stokes, bringing out the charm of the ornaments, when to sing and when to swing, as well as chamber music basics: how to cue, listen and read a score. This class is open to strings, woodwinds, brass and pianists in duos, trios, quartets and quintets. Repertoire to include Haydn, Mozart, and early Beethoven.

Music for Voice and Instruments

Rictor Noren, coach

Meeting room: 31H T401

This class is open to chamber ensembles that include voice and any instruments in duos to sextets.

Romantic Era Chamber Music: The Works of Mendelssohn, Brahms and Schumann

Jonathan Bass, coach

Meeting room: 8TF 306

The great masterpieces of the Romantic Era will be studied in this class open to strings, piano and woodwinds.

New Music Chamber Ensembles (NMCE)

Sharan Leventhal, coach

Meeting room: Ipswich Building 103

Two groups will perform 2 works by students composers selected by the composition faculty. Both groups will perform twice during the semester. This class offers the opportunity for performers and composers to work closely in shaping each new work. Performers will explore with the composers various considerations for their individual instruments/voice ranging from general suitability to extended techniques.

Fall 2015 ensembles will include:

Group 1) flute, clarinet, harp and percussion

Group 2) piano, flute, bass clarinet and voice

Individually Coached Groups

Multiple Instructors

Groups will be assigned by the second Friday class meeting. Each group will receive eight hours of coaching from an assigned instructor. Particularly dedicated groups may petition to have 12 hours of coaching. Participants must attend all masterclasses and perform twice during the semester.

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