News of the week of July 11, 2017

Meeting Report

We played:

Midsummer Night's Dream Henry Fuseli2 courtesy copy

Schedule

Reminder, we will not meet this week, July 18.

After that, we resume our regular schedule of meeting every
Tuesday, as long as enough people have told me they want to come.

News of the week of July 4, 2017

Schedule

Plersch Night illumination of Kaniów

Reminder: we are not meeting tomorrow, July 4. Go see
fireworks.

We will meet as usual next week, July 11, at 7:45 pm, at 233 Broadway, Cambridge.

We will not meet the following week, July 18.

After that, we resume our regular schedule of meeting every Tuesday, as long as enough people have told me they want to come.

Listening opportunity

John Tyson’s annual student recital will take place on Thursday, July 6, at 5:30pm at the Congregational Library, 14 Beacon St. Boston. This year the recital had to split in two, and this is the shorter half, so it isn’t quite the recorder playing
marathon it sometimes is. I’ll be playing 17th century duets with John, a Morley duo with a potential group member, and a trio with John and Ishmael.

News of the week of June 27, 2017

Schedule

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There will be no meeting tomorrow, June 27, 2017. Too many of
us are sick.

We also will not meet next week, July 4. It’s too hard for
people who need to use cars to get here, or to get home if they
manage to get here and park.

The following week, July 11, we will meet as usual, if we all
live that long.

The week after that, July 18, we will not meet at my place,
since I will be out of town.

After that, we should resume meeting as usual, every Tuesday at
7:45 pm, at 233 Broadway, Cambridge.

News of the week of June 20, 2017

Meeting report

Peter Paul Rubens,The Princes of the Church Adoring the Eucharist, about 1626-1627. Speed Art Museum

Schedule

We generally meet every Tuesday, at 7:45pm, at 233 Broadway, as
long as enough people have let me know by Monday night that they
want to come.

There will be two Tuesdays in July where this will not be
true. July 4 is not a good day to drive here, as you would be
competing with hundreds of thousands of other people who want to
see the Pops concert and the fireworks, so if we meet that week,
it will be on some other night. The week that includes July 17, I
will be at The
Amherst Early Music Festival
, so there will not be a meeting
at my place.

Spine-chilling cadences from the King’s Singers

[King's Singers]

Worlds Colliding: Renaissance Heavyweights, June 12, 8pm,
Jordan Hall, Boston

I had a favorite note on this concert. This occasionally
happens when I’m playing or singing — altos especially tend to
end up with mostly boring parts, with one note that changes the
whole harmonic landscape. But I don’t remember it happening in
a performance I was just listening to before.

In this case, it was at the very end
of the Schütz
Das
ist je gewißlich wahr
. As you can see, just before the
resolution to the A major chord at the end, the top line hits
the already established “A” harmony with a “B”.

[Amen]

Most experienced singers and instrumentalists can make that
final chord “ring” on a good day. But this one “rang” on that
dissonant note. It sent chills up my spine. I asked a number
of very experienced musicians who were at the concert if they’d
noticed it, and none of them had.

There are a lot of similar cadences in the repertoire they were
performing, and I listened to see if it would happen again. The
Josquin Baisez Moi
had two of them near the end, and they almost had
that effect on the first one, and didn’t have it at all on the
second one.

So I don’t know whether this was something they try to do
consciously and only succeed some of the time, or just a strange
effect of the acoustics of Jordan Hall, or even that seat (N20) with
that arrangement of performers in Jordan Hall. But it was
definitely worth the price of the ticket.

The concert as a whole was good but the program was less
tightly focused than I’ve sometimes heard from the King’s
Singers. The commentary from the stage tended to border on the
sophomoric, as if they’d spent a little too much time playing to
college audiences. In general, I think BEMF should not let groups
get away with “greatest hits” programs as much as they do. I
thought
the same thing
when the Hilliard Ensemble played in
2013 as well.

News of the week of June 6, 2017

Meeting report

Types d'Auvergne - La Bourrée (carte     postale)

Schedule

Reminder: we are not meeting tonight, June 13, because of the Boston Early Music
Festival
.

We generally meet every Tuesday, at 7:45pm, at 233 Broadway, as
long as enough people have let me know by Monday night that they
want to come.

There will be two Tuesdays in July where this will not be
true. July 4 is not a good day to drive here, as you will be
competing with hundreds of thousands of other people who want to
see the Pops concert and the fireworks, so if we meet that week,
it will be on some other night. The week that includes July 17, I
will be at The
Amherst Early Music Festival
, so there will not be a meeting
at my place.

News of the week of May 30, 2017

Meeting Report

We played:

Spring tide at Ravensheugh - geograph.org.uk - 721144

Schedule

We meet on Tuesdays, starting at 7:45pm, at 233 Broadway,
Cambridge, as long as enough people have told me they plan on
coming by Monday night.

The next modification to that schedule that I know about will
be on June 13, which is the Boston Early
Music Festival
week. We will not meet on that day.