OCTOBER 15-24, 2010


This promises to be one of the most exquisite consort playing experiences imaginable!

Advance level consort playing: proficient sight-reading in the standard clefs is a prerequisite. The original viols of the Vázquez Collection, now on exhibition at the Castello di Duino, will be used. Participants may however bring their own viols if these are over 250 years old!

1. The finest English masters from 1580 to 1680:
William Byrd, John Dowland, Orlando Gibbons, John Ward, Thomas Tomkins, William Lawes, Matthew Locke, John Jenkins, Henry Purcell
(on eight original English viols of the 17th C. will be used)

2. Spanish and Italian consort music of the 16th and 17th C.
Cristóbal de Morales, Tomás Luís de Victoria, Ambrosio Cotes, Giovanni Gabrieli, Claudio Merulo, Giovanni Trabaci, Alfonso della Viola
(on eight viols from Venice, Brescia, Cremona and Milano, 1570 to 1717)

3. German and Austrian consort music of the 16th and 17th C.
Johann Hermann Schein, Samuel Scheidt, William Brade, Dietrich Buxtehude, Franz Tunder
(on a very large number of viols from all over Germany and Austria: 17th and 18th C.)


Works by Heinrich Biber, Georg Muffat, Giovanni Legrenzi, Johann Rosenmüller, Marc-Antoine Charpentier and other masters of the 17th C. for ensembles of violins, and viols.
Orchestral works of the 18th C. by Corelli, Vivaldi, Telemann, Bach, Marais

TUTORS AND PERFORMERS for the course and concerts : from 7 countries

GUINNESS BOOK OF RECORDS: the largest number of original violas da gamba

For our Italian friends (and those, who treasure that language): 

More will be recruited, if needed. IMPORTANT NOTICE: We have dediced not to set a limit to enrollment, but rather to increase the number of teachers, as more students sign up. A record turnout of over 40 viol players is expected, as well as a substantial number of professional string players wishing to learn historically informed performance. The number of reasonably priced rooms is large, but not unlimited. Two hotels have already been fully booked by us for you, and a third is filling up; the first to apply will get the better rooms!

As of 25 September, 40 viol player have signed up, from 13 countries, including USA, México,Hong Kong! These people will also be there: Winterthur Viola da gamba Consort

Professional students of the Scuola di Musica di Trieste and the United World College will also participate, using the violin-family instruments of the Vázquez Collection.

Course fee: € 300, which includes unlimited access to the Castello di Duino and tickets to all concerts by the faculty.
Accommodations: € 20-25 per night (double occupancy; single rooms upon request)
Meals: special price for complete meals with desert for € 6-8, according to what you eat, at the restaurant of the United World College in Duino.

Note: Duino is one of the most endearing places I have ever encountered. You may wish to come earlier or treat yourself to a few days' stay after the course. I wll also remain there a while. Please, notify and your stay will be booked as you wish. JV

There will be a concert every night (15 to 23 October) at the Church of San Giovanni in Tuba, with truly marvelous acoustics. The Gothic church was built in the 15th C. on the foundations of a paleochristian basilica, from which come the 5th C. mosaics and structural elements, as well as on the rest of the pre-existing Roman temple dedicated to Speranza Augusta.

15 October: Music for a While: Shakespeare and his Time
Dowland, Byrd, Gibbons, Lawes, Purcell

16 October: La Gloria di Versailles
Marin Marais, Sainte-Colombe, Couperin

17 October: L’Epoca d’Oro della Spagna
Victoria, Morales, Guerrero et al

18 October: La Corte di Berlino
Carl Ph. E. Bach, Christoph Schaffrath, Joh. Gottlieb Graun, Carl Fr. Abel

19 October: Musica per un Principe
Divertimenti by Haydn, Andreas Lidl, Sontate e Suites de Marin Marais ed altri

20 October: L’Impero Austriaco
Heinrich Biber, Georg Muffat, Johann Joseph Fux

21 October: Mozart a London: 1764
Johann Christian Bach, Carl Friedrich Abel, Georg Friedrich Händel

23 October: I Grandi Maestri del Barocco
Bach, Vivaldi, Telemann, Marais, Buxtehude

Further inquiries, enrollment:
www.orpheon.org / orpheon (at) gmx.at
Tel. +43-650-400 3731


The participants will enjoy the unique opportunity of playing and performing exclusively on the more than 40 original viols of the Vázquez Collection. One cannot describe how much one learns, how many insights one acquires, by working directly with the originals. In fact, you should only bring your viol if it is older than 250 years. Otherwise participants will use one of the viols in the collection.

Violinists, violists, violoncellists and double bass players may also avail themselves of an appropriate historical instrument for the duration of the course. A large number of historical bows will be made available, too.

The list of viols you will see in Duino is here:

The violins, violas and cellos may be seen here: