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Imitative Polyphony

DATE: Sunday, November 18, 2012
TIME: 2:00 - 4:30 p.m.
PLACE: Unity Church of Denver, 3021 South University Blvd., Denver
CONDUCTOR: Michael Grace

For generations, Colorado College has had a remarkably strong tradition of the study and practice of music in a liberal arts context. Professor Michael Grace, the musical leader for our November meeting, embodies that tradition. Concerning his presentation on the eclectic subject of “Imitative Polyphony,” he writes:

“The idea of one voice, or instrument, imitating another has had a profound effect on the history of western music. From the famous Reading Rota - Sumer is icumen in – from the 13th Century, western music often depended on this procedure to give it order, excitement, intellectual meaning and complexity.

We will play examples of “imitative” music from the 12th to the 18th Century. The compositions will include rounds, canons, imitative polyphony from the high renaissance, and the most famous of all imitative genres, the fugue. We will see how imitation is sometimes exact (as in a canon) sometimes rather free (as in much imitative polyphony of the high renaissance), sometimes” real” (as in a rather strict fugue) and sometimes “tonal” when the imitative voice may find itself in another key, and sometimes totally zany, as when the imitating voice is upside down or backwards.

Hopefully, this will at least be fun. We all get to play the same music, or at least something like it!”

Our Leader for this Weekend

Michael Grace has been a member of the Colorado College faculty since 1967. Currently Professor of Music, he has also served as President of the College, Dean of the Summer Session, and Chairman of the Music Department. He was Director of the Colorado College Collegium Musicum, which he founded in 1968. He has performed with the Collegium Musicum as an instrumentalist and in other venues in Colorado Springs and the Rocky Mountain region. Under his direction, the Collegium Musicum has toured Austria, China, the Czech Republic, Germany and Italy. As a music historian, his research has included investigations in the 17th-century oratorio, performance practices in the Renaissance and, most recently, the relationship between piano music and painting. He has collaborated with his wife, concert pianist Susan Grace, to present lecture/concerts of piano music inspired by visual art works. He recently published an article on the music of George Crumb and the 14th-century frescos of Giotto and edited a festschrift for George Crumb. His teaching has focused on music history courses for the music majors, as well as topics courses on Mozart, American Music, Twentieth-Century Music and interdisciplinary courses in Renaissance Culture.

will be performing a concert
Saturday, November 10,

"The Roaring Twenties:
Songs of Laughter and Longing"

The entire family is invited.

This concert will be part of the "Arts on Vine" series at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church. The performance begins at 7 pm at the church, which is located at 1280 Vine St. Admission is free, but a donation of $5 is suggested to help support the performers and the “Arts on Vine” series. “Arts on Vine” is an outreach program of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, providing a gallery and performance venue in Central Denver for local artists.

Feel free to break out your twenties costume (or not). You might even Charleston in the aisle!

A highlight of our performance will be the world premier of the recorder arrangement by David Bell (Erin’s musically talented husband) of the “STOPTIME RAG”, composed by none other than Scott Joplin. Imagine that. Him composing a rag for us.

We will also be playing some other tunes new to us, mixed in with our old favorites like “Darktown Strutters’ Ball” and “St. Louis Blues”.

We hope you will join us.

Members in Good Standing

Louise Adler (Oct), Karen Anderson (Sep), Shirley Baker (Oct), Jann Benson (Nov), Rebecca Beshore (Oct), Bobbie Blanc (Jan), David Brock (Nov), Paul Brunson (Oct), Marlys Butler (Oct), Jon Casbon (Oct), Sally Collins (Feb), Bill Conklin (Sep), Virginia Cortes (Oct), Lynda Coy (Oct), Keith Emerson (Oct), Michael Emptage (Oct), Barbara Fahey (Jan), Nancy Fey (Oct), Judy Fritz (Oct), Joice Gibson (Oct), RoseMary Glista (Sep), Elaine Granata (Jan), Pam Grotegut (Oct), Janet Handmaker (Oct), Pat Heid (Oct), Erin and Gavin Johnson (Oct), Dot & Dan Kaufman (Feb), John M. LeVett (Sep), Bob McCarroll (Dec), Lisa McInnis (Oct), Pat Midyet (Jan), Judy Miller (Dec), Paul Mimlitsch (Oct), Dick Munz (Sep), Jennifer Myers (Oct), Bruce Nelson (Sep), Gail Nickless (Oct), Maryann O’Brien (April), Susan Osborn (Oct), Margaret A. Peterson (Oct), Ed Pinfield (Oct), Sally A. Pyle (Oct), Karl Reque (April), Miriam Rosenblum (Jan), Virginia T. Schlieker (Oct), Mary Scott (Sep), Pat Selby (Sep), Joyce Shambaugh (Oct), Mary Sloan (Nov), Ann Sprague (Oct), Victoria Taylor (Nov), Rosi Terada (Oct), Gerrie Vendegna (Oct), Diane M. Wagner (Oct), Trudy Wayne (Oct), Joe Wilcox (Sep), Susan Wilcox (Nov), Richard Wood (Nov), Madeline Zanetti (Oct), 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.

Newbies and All Denver Chapter Members

The Newbie hostess for November 2012 will be Rosemary Glista. Rosemary has played the recorder for four years. Previous music experience includes the violin, piano and guitar. She plays regularly with the Marylebone Garden Players. Rosemary, who loves early music, has selected pieces by Praetorius, Hotteterre, Pez and Brade. They are found in a collection titled The Recorder Consort by Steve Rosenberg for three recorders—soprano, alto and tenor.
Sunday, November 18, 2012
12:45 to 1:45 pm,
4th and 5th Grade Classroom, second floor
Unity church
3021 S. University Blvd, Denver
Enter South door.

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.

October Newbie Report

Five enthusiastic beginners attended the October Newbies session led by Jon Casbon and played through several traditional and historic English songs. Jon dittos what all the newbie attendees feel: “The Newbies’ sessions are a great way for beginning recorder players to gain confidence and experience in ensemble playing.”

Recorder for Sale

Moeck Denner Indian Boxwood alto recorder. Sells new for $1085. Asking $850. Seven years old in excellent condition and plays beautifully. Please contact Janet Handmaker at 303-221-6066 or recorderteacher@comcast.net.

Group Corner

News of the activities and postings from area musical groups having recorder players. Check the chapter website for a listing of all groups that we know of, including contact information.

Marylebone Garden Players meets most Saturdays at 10:00 am. We play one hour of baroque music and one hour of renaissance music. Our Monday group is currently meeting two Mondays a month at 9 am. The Saturday group is currently full, however, we do have room in the Monday group if you are at least an intermediate player.
Call me if you are interested. Bill Conklin 303-455-0837

StopTime has been working hard this past month on the numbers for our November 10 concert. See the invitation included in this Newsletter. It should be fun for all, and we hope you can join us.

Fipple Jive members continue the quest for improvisation skills every Tuesday night. Dick Munz, Steve Caminer, Joyce Shambaugh and sometimes Pam Grotegut work out on fun exercises. We have room for one more and would be happy to have you work with us. Contact dickmunz@gmail.com.

Marylebone Players is going to start its 6th year. Yes, we have been playing together for five years. Our Saturday group is now an orchestra with both strings and woodwinds. Last week we worked on a Schickhardt Concerto. We will eventually have six concertos by Schickardt for four alto recorders in our repertoire. Although the Saturday session is packed, you can get on a sub list if you are interested.

The Monday Group is meeting every other Monday and we are concentrating on trio sonatas. There were many fantastic sonatas for two melody instruments plus continuo written during the Baroque and we are going to play as many as possible. Our library contains several boxes of trio sonatas. There is room for more players in the Monday group.

Bill Conklin 303-455-0837 willieco@aol.com

Colorado Springs Recorder Happenings

Four Winds Ensemble in Colorado Springs (Paula Olmstead, Mike Richard, Rock Goldberg, Jon Casbon (and sometimes Gretchen Goldberg!): played a mix of Baroque, Classical, and Pop-Rock at the Monument Art Walk August 13th. We have a gig at the Old Colorado City Art Walk on September 7th. Various members of the group perform frequently at the Margarita restaurant in Colorado Springs.

Members of the Wood Dove ensemble from Colorado Springs will be performing for the October 28th meeting of the American Music Society (AMS) at Mackenzie Place. Wood Dove is lead by Jeannine Bramwell and has seven members, five of whom will perform for the AMS: Paula Olmstead, Gretchen Goldberg, Rock Goldberg, Mike Richard, and Jon Casbon.


Tuesdays, 9:30-11:00 a.m.: Caramillo Consort (quintet, with occasional guests)

Tuesdays, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Wood Dove Consort (sextet or septet, with occasional guests)

Fridays, 9:00-10:00 a.m.: The Fermatas (sextet, + guests)

Fridays, 10:00-11:00: Newbies Duets and Trios

Editor’s Corner

Happy Thanksgiving to you all.



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