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Baroque and Beyond

DATE: Sunday, January 20, 2013
TIME: 2:00 - 4:30 p.m.
PLACE: Unity Church of Denver, 3021 South University Blvd., Denver

In the late 16th Century a number of mostly Italian composers began to think about new ways to give music an emotional immediacy and to make sung words more understandable and more relevant to the musical experience. The revolution they fostered became what we now call the Baroque Era. All Western music since - from symphony to rock and roll - has felt the impact.

Karl Reque is not only a distinguished performer of Baroque (and much other) music, but he brings it alive for his students and colleagues. His programs for the Denver ARS Chapter are always a treat. This year, in “Baroque & Beyond,” he investigates some authentic Baroque ideas and some latter-day implications of those ideas. He writes:

The English word baroque is derived from the Italian barocco, meaning bizarre, though exuberant would be a better translation more accurately reflecting the sense of this era. The usage of this term originated in the 1860s to describe the highly decorated style of 17th and 18th century religious and public buildings in Italy, Germany and Austria. Later, during the early-to-mid 1900s, the term baroque was applied by association to music of the 17th and early 18th century, and today the term baroque has come to refer to a very clearly definable type or genre of music which originated around 1600 and came to fruition between 1700 and 1750.

For our January meeting I've chosen some wonderful transcriptions of baroque music which work well with recorders. Bach and others will be well represented. To shake things up a bit we'll fast forward to modern times and see how today's composers borrow from the Baroque idiom: Lance Eccles's take on the chaconne, a theme and variation set by Zander , a Fanfare by Colin Hand and a Chorale Prelude by David Goldstein.

We'll need all sizes of recorders, and bass viols are welcome to reinforce the fabulous bass lines typical of the baroque era. Bring your music stand and pencil; Karl will provide the music!

Our Leader for the Meeting

Karl Reque received a BA in Viola and music Education from Arizona State University. While in Arizona he played in the Scottsdale and Mesa Community Orchestras and developed an interest in early stringed instruments and historical performance practice. He studied recorder and viola da gamba at Windham College in Vermont and later moved to Los Angeles where he continued baroque violin and gamba studies with Shirley Marcus.

While in Denver he has played with many local orchestras, including The Community Arts Orchestra, Centennial Philharmonic, Mostly Strauss Orchestra, Denver Chamber Orchestra, Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado and was a founding member of the Musica Sacra Chamber Orchestra.

Members in Good Standing

Karen Anderson (Sep), Rebecca Beshore (Oct), Bobbie Blanc (Jan), Paul Brunson (Oct), Marlys Butler (Oct), Jon Casbon (Oct), Sally Collins (Feb), Bill Conklin (Sep), Virginia Cortes (Nov), Lynda Coy (Oct), Keith Emerson (Oct), Michael Emptage (Oct), Barbara Fahey (Jan), Nancy Fey (Dec), Judy Fritz (Oct), Joice Gibson (Oct), RoseMary Glista (Sep), Elaine Granata (Jan), Pam Grotegut (Oct), Janet Handmaker (Oct), Pat Heid (Oct), Dot & Dan Kaufman (Feb), John M. LeVett (Sep), Bob McCarroll (Dec), Lisa, McInnis (Dec), Pat Midyet (Jan), Judy Miller (Dec), Lori Murphy (Nov), Dick Munz (Sep), Jennifer Myers (Oct), Bruce Nelson (Sep), Gail Nickless (Nov), Maryann O’Brien (April), Susan Osborn (Oct), Margaret A. Peterson (Oct), Ed Pinfield (Nov), Sally A. Pyle (Oct), Justine Romero (Nov), Karl Reque (April), Miriam Rosenblum (Jan), Virginia T. Schlieker (Oct), Mary Scott (Sep), Pat Selby (Sep), Mary Sloan (Nov), Gerrie Vendegna (Oct), Diane M. Wagner (Oct), Trudy Wayne (Oct), Joe Wilcox (Sep), Marianne Zwahlen (Sep).
If your name does not appear on this list following the month you mail your check, please contact RoseMary Glista.
Dues for the Denver Chapter are due annually based on when dues were last paid. We have included the month your membership dues are due above. Dues are for the 12 month period starting with the month dues are paid. You may join the Denver Chapter and National ARS at the same time with one check. Please complete the Dues Form under “Join” on the website.

December Newbies Report

Only one Newbie attended the Christmas Newbie session hosted by Dick Munz. Nevertheless a good time was had discussing lead sheets and practicing improvisation.

January Newbies

The Newbie host for January 2013 will be Bruce Nelson. Bruce has been a Denver Chapter member since 1990 and has played with several groups, including ArtyFacts and a crumhorn group, the Buzzards. They will be playing some fun pieces from the crumhorn repertoire, which use only a
small range of notes but have interesting Renaissance rhythms.

Do you know of anyone who might enjoy playing with the Newbies? Please spread the word. There is no charge for the session. For more information, contact Janet Handmaker at 303-221-6066. Drop-ins welcome.

Group Corner

StopTime had one event in November, a concert at the St. Barnabas Episcopal Church. We entertained ourselves and over fifty people who braved winter weather to attend. We played songs from the 'twenties for two hours with a break in the middle, gave an encore, and still they stomped and clapped for another. The wine served during the break may account for that.


Marlybone Garden Players continues with two groups. We play double choirs, four, five and six part music, multi-instrument baroque sonatas. In the Saturday group we generally have both a harpsichord and either cello or bass gamba present. In the Monday group we work on three, four and five part music and trio sonatas from the Baroque. We also work on multi-instrument sonatas when enough musicians are present. Of course we always devote some time to the crumhorn, and I have extras for you to play. The Saturday group meet most Saturdays at 10 am, the Monday group meets twice a month at 9 am.

Editor’s Corner

Happy Fiscal New Year!


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