Apart from the paid sessions shown below, Philip is making available some exciting
free content for your enjoyment during the breaks.
Spanish cathedrals employed wind bands who not only used shawms and trombones, but also recorders, so Spanish ‘Golden Age’ Polyphony can be an authentic and rewarding source of music for recorder consort.
We will play just the three-part central section from ‘Cum natus esset Jesus’, a motet for Epiphany by Cristóbal de Morales (recorded last year by Stile Antico on their ‘A Spanish Nativity’ release). The three voices represent the Three Wise Men - bass and two tenors. It works well on bass and tenor recorders, but can sound even better with the parts doubled on treble and descants for an ‘organ registration’ effect - also very Spanish.
We won’t spend too long on that piece before going on to Elway Bevin’s three-part Browning, or The Leaves be Green (ATB) - much less familiar than the five-part Byrd version. Quite tricky in places, but with the ‘tune’ repeated all the way through, you can always miss out a difficult bit and easily get back in!