A PRINCELY PASTIME
CASTELLO DI DUINO
OCTOBER 15-24, 2010
COURSE FOR THE INTERPRETATION OF
VIOLA DA GAMBA CONSORT WORKS
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.)
COURSE FOR THE INTERPRETATION OF
HISTORICAL STRING ENSEMBLE MUSIC
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
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
EXHIBITION OF HISTORICAL MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS
AT THE CASTELLO DI DUINO
WORKING EXCLUSIVELY ON ORIGINAL INSTRUMENTS
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: