Meeting reminder, March 1, 2005

The next meeting of the Cantabile Renaissance Band will be on March 1,
2005, at 7:45 PM, at my place.

We’re going to run a few doubtful pieces from the setlist.

Then we’ll work pretty hard on the River music set for the April 2
BRS performance.

I’ve started typesetting the next Dowland, Lasso vita mia, but I
think it might make sense to get back to new Dowlands after the Walk
for Hunger. But if there’s demand for sightreading difficult music
instead of just working on what we’re going to be performing, I will
finish it and we’ll do it. I didn’t feel that we got that much out of
the new Dowland we did last time, though.

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Phone-in rehearsal for Medway Gig

It’s been at least 3 days since you got an email from me, so here’s a Wic=
ked Long one to make up for it!

When someone can’t make it to a rehearsal, I sometimes joke that “they ca=
n phone it in.” This is the closest I can get to a phone-in rehearsal. If=
you check all this stuff carefully in your tremendous amount of free tim=
e, I won’t have to repeat it more than 4 or 5 dozen times in the rehearsa=
ls.

REHEARSALS:

Will be both Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 in Medway.

See this for
the directions
if you still need them.

THESE are the people who are coming, as far as I know. This is a good-siz=
ed mob, or madding crowd. We won’t all be at both rehearsals, but I want =
to set up empty chairs where they aren’t, so we can see if we have enough=
room (I’m sure there’s another way to say that).

SOPRANOS:

Nancy Reid – Anne Kazlauskas – Susan Jaster

Norm Nichols – violin

Liefe Wheeler – recorder

ALTOS:

Victoria Bolles – Suzanne Mrozak – Betsy Opitz

Sarah Thompson – violin

Michal Truelsen – concertina

Deb Ross – recorder

TENORS:

Pace Willison – Barney Gage – Art Anger – Jody Wormhoudt

Karl Goedecke – flute

Ishmael Stefanov – violin

Arlene Nichols – recorder

BASSES:

Jim Harper – Douglas Bond – Richard Schmeidler – John Martin – George
Pomfret

Bonnie Rogers – Rackett

Laura Conrad – Serpent

PROGRAM with notes:

THIS IS NOT THE CORRECT ORDER!

I’ll have extra copies at the rehearsals, in case anyone lost something.

Prelude:

– PSALM 122. All 3 verses, as written.

Hymns & Psalms during the service:

– CRANBROOK. With the congregation, thusly:

instrumental verse for introduction

verse 1, everyone

verse 2, everyone

verse 3, instruments and congregation only.

verse 4, everyone

– ZADOCK. One of the readings is about King David. We’ll do this after th=
e reading.

Be sure you know how your words repeat. Versology as thus:

verse 1 (“The king”), everyone

verse 5 (“Eternal blessings”), voices only

verse 6 (“Thus, Lord”), everyone.

– PSALM 23RD. This is another Reading Of The Day.
Be sure you have this prepared, with whatever page setup you need, and no
te the repeats. I want to do it thus-wise:

Symphonies – Wind instruments only. This includes not only the intro
duction and the ending but also the interludes on the 2nd page. Strings p
lay only with the voices.

Verses 1 & 2, everyone.

Beware! the dynamics. Over-exaggerate the Pianos. This is a good rule for
elsewhere also.

– ALLENDALE or FROME, maybe, if we need another. Probably not, but bring
them anyway just in case. The other readings are something about Fornicat
ion, and the story about Jesus curing the blind man, neither of which we
have songs about. I’m thinking of a joke right now, but I will spare you.

Lecture where the sermon would normally happen:
I’ll use the same talk I’ve given before (if you’re tired of the Bassoon
Story, you don’t need to listen). We’ll do the first verse of each (excep
t Gibraltar), to illustrate the talk.
– LINGHAM. with repeat.
– BIRMINGHAM. with repeat. Beware dynamics.
– STOCKS. Voices only!
– GIBRALTAR. Verse 1 and 4, NO repeats! With symphonys at ends of verses.
– AN HYMN FOR EASTER DAY. with repeat.
– OTFORD. with repeat. Big dramatic effect at time change!

Communion:

– GWEHELOG GRACE. both verses and “Amen.”

– LYDIA, if we need another.

Offertory:

– CORFE CASTLE TUNE. 3 verses, with repeat, but may not need all.

Postlude:

– PENTONVILLE. verses 1 – 2 – 5, with repeats. I hope the Tenors are well
-rested!

OTHER STUFFS:

I’d like to sit in the same general formation we usually use, with Sopran
os and Altos on my left and Tenors and Basses to my right. If space permi
ts, I’d like the instruments in the front rows with singers behind them (
stand up to sing). We’ll see what the space is like when we get there. We
can mess around a little to make sure everyone has room.

Bring a stand if you need one. If space is tight, maybe people can share.

TENORS: be aware that all your instruments will be playing an octave high
er than you’re singing. I may play the trombone on some pieces, as long a
s I can also direct and sing at the same time.

INSTRUMENTS:

1. tune to the concertina.

2. I will designate 4 people as Designated Pitchers to play the first not
e of the tunes when needed. Probably Liefe, Michal, Ishmael, and Bonnie.

The service is at 8:45 AM! Gasp! Keep this in mind if you’re going out ca
rousing on Saturday night.

We should dress nicely for the service. No farm boots with dung on them,
no matter how authentic that may be!

Any questions/answers/problems/otherwise? let me know!

Whew! the end! I hope you’re all still here! I hope you’re still all here
!

I’ll see you on Wednesday and/or Thursday.

– Bruce

Tonight’s rehearsal cancelled

Although it’s been sunny and bright all day here in Haverhill, the
prophets are foretelling dire consequences unto any who venture forth
tonight, including a Wicked Bad Storm Warning for Southern
Massachusetts (where Medway is), freezing ice (what other kind is
there?) on the roads after dark, up to 9 inches of snow by morning,
and a plague of hailstones (OK, so I made up the last one…). A bunch
of people have already said they don’t want to go out tonight.

So, based on that information, I’m making an executive decision to
Cancel Tonight’s Rehearsal.

I hope we will be able to reschedule it for next Thursday, the 3rd
(note to Pace Willisson – is the room available that night?). That
means we’ll have 2 rehearsals, 2 nights in a row; I hope everyone can
come to at least one of them. And I hope we don’t get more weather
either of those nights.

I’ll also send out Yet Another Email with information about versology,
repeats, instrumentation, and so forth for all the tunes, so we can be
partly prepared beforehand.

I’ll feel real stupid if, after all this, we get a half-inch of rain,
but I’d feel even more real stupid if we all ended up dead in a heap
on the highway.

Stay warm, practice your parts, and I’ll see you all safe and dry next
week.

Best wishes,

Bruce

It’s 4:25 PM and it’s getting cloudy. I think I just saw a flake. Of
snow, I mean…

Sets for the summer performing season

Here they are with pointers to the music.

If there’s any demand, I’ll do a booklet as I’ve done in previous
years, once the sets are a little more cast in concrete. So let me
know whether that would be helpful.

River set

  • Billings, By the rivers of Watertown regular
    parts in original key.
    . Also transposed down a step, and the bass solo cued in the
    other parts in the
    2004 book
    , and with larger type but in the original key from the
    2003 book
    . Please use the version
    transposed down a step.
  • Estans
    assis, aux rives aquatiques
    Please make
    sure you have the most recent version, with letters A through F on all
    parts.
  • Gibbons, Silver
    Swan
    A problem with the tenor part was
    fixed on March 30; please download again if you printed it before that.
  • Dowland, “Me, me and none but me”
  • Arcadelt “Il bianco e dolce cigno”
  • Possibly the 5-part “Il
    bianco e dolce cigno”
    . This is contingent on being able to learn
    it, which seems dubious to me since it’s been a while since we had a
    rehearsal with enough people to cover the parts, and it doesn’t look
    like this Tuesday will be an exception. Dropped for the May performance; we will get back to
    learning it after that.
  • Possibly other “Rivers of Babylon settings”. I particularly like
    the one we sing in West Gallery to the Walter Scott “Dies Irae”
    translation, which was originally published to a Thomas Campian
    “Babylon
    Streams”
    We will probably do an
    instrumental and the first two verses of the vocal in May.

May set

Drinking Songs

These are all in the
drinking songs book
.
We’ll be selecting a 15 minute set for the Walk for Hunger, and
possibly also doing it at the BRS performance on April 2.

  • Rounds
    • He that will an Alehouse keep
    • Let us drink and be merry
    • 5 reasons
    • He that drinks is immortal
    • Tis Women
    • I gave her cakes and I gave her ale
    • Slaves are they that heap up mountains
  • To Anacreon in Heaven
  • Quant je boy du vin claret tout tourne
  • Vignon, Vignon
  • Changeons propos
  • Vive la serpe Make sure you have the
    version with one sharp.

I have ommitted several rounds that we could pretty easily work up,
so if anyone’s favorites aren’t here, let me know and I’ll add them.

I think at any particular performance, we wouldn’t do all of those,
but it’s good to have that many available.

Tonight’s rehearsal cancelled

Although it’s been sunny and bright all day here in Haverhill, the
prophets are foretelling dire consequences unto any who venture forth
tonight, including a Wicked Bad Storm Warning for Southern
Massachusetts (where Medway is), freezing ice (what other kind is
there?) on the roads after dark, up to 9 inches of snow by morning,
and a plague of hailstones (OK, so I made up the last one…). A bunch
of people have already said they don’t want to go out tonight.

So, based on that information, I’m making an executive decision to
Cancel Tonight’s Rehearsal.

I hope we will be able to reschedule it for next Thursday, the 3rd
(note to Pace Willisson – is the room available that night?). That
means we’ll have 2 rehearsals, 2 nights in a row; I hope everyone can
come to at least one of them. And I hope we don’t get more weather
either of those nights.

I’ll also send out Yet Another Email with information about versology,
repeats, instrumentation, and so forth for all the tunes, so we can be
partly prepared beforehand.

I’ll feel real stupid if, after all this, we get a half-inch of rain,
but I’d feel even more real stupid if we all ended up dead in a heap
on the highway.

Stay warm, practice your parts, and I’ll see you all safe and dry next
week.

Best wishes,

Bruce

It’s 4:25 PM and it’s getting cloudy. I think I just saw a flake. Of
snow, I mean…

Directions to the Medway Church

Hello everyone,

Here are the directions to the Medway church. If you’ve been to the Medwa
y contradance, this is the same building.

Remember, the first rehearsal is tomorrow night (Thursday) at 7:30. If pe
ople can be ready to start on time, we won’t have to run too late. If any
one can come early, there’s probably some setting-up we can do.

See you there!

– Bruce

The church’s address is 14 School Street, Medway, Massachusetts 02053. Us
e this address if you want to get a “Mapquest” map.

FROM RT. 128:

From Route 128, take Route 109 to the Millis/Medway Town Line.

Travel one mile to the intersection of Holliston Street and Route 109.

There will be a Texaco gas station and an Energy Gas station at the inter
section.

Turn left onto Holliston St. and travel along it to the intersection with
Village Street.

Turn left on Village Street, and School Street will be your 3rd left.


FROM RT. 495:

From Route 495, take Route 109 (Exit 19) to the intersection with Route 126,
and continue on Route 109 to the intersection with Holliston Street.

There will be a Texaco gas station and an Energy Gas station at the intersection.

Turn right onto Holliston St. and travel along it to the intersection with Village Street.

Turn left on Village Street, and School Street will be your 3rd left.


FROM RT. 495 another way:

From Route 495, take Route 126 (Exit 18) to the intersection with Route 109,
and continue on Route 109 to the intersection with Holliston Street.

There will be a Texaco gas station and an Energy Gas station at the intersection.

Turn right onto Holliston and travel along it to the intersection with Village Street.

Turn left on Village Street and School Street will be your 3rd left.

Advice to someone who wants to start a band

I got an email complaining about a broken link on my site, and going
on to say:

While I have your attention, I would love to start a small band if I can
find others who share my interest in early music, and new music for the
recorder. I am a member of two Yahoo! groups for recorder, but so far
all my efforts to find fellow musicians in my immediate locality
(Lyndonville, VT) have drawn a blank, including contacting the music
faculty at Lyndon State College (LSC). Any suggestions you can offer
will be most gratefully received.

Music faculty are used to having a lot of the organizing done for
them, and aren’t always the best people to contact. If you go to
events at the college, look around you to see who actually seems to be
organizing something (handing out flyers is a dead giveaway, and
looking speculatively around the lobby as though comparing faces with
a list of names whose arms should be twisted is another sign) and ask
them if they know any recorder players. Also look at the list of
events and see if there are events that are organized outside of the
regular channels, i.e., not the official orchestra and chorus and
concert band.

(N.B. I would join the American Recorder Society if I had some
disposable income to pay the membership fee 😦

You can still use the information on their website even without
joining. I would suggest calling the contact people for the closest
chapters even if they aren’t close enough to go to regularly.

If you’re at all comfortable performing on your own, set up a
performance in a library or hospital lobby, and put an announcement in
the local paper. That will bring any closet recorder players who see
it out of the woodwork. If you’d be comfortable teaching, advertise
that — you may be able to form your own group with a couple of
students.

I’m the wrong person to ask; I’m basically telling you about what
other people I know have done. I organize in a large metropolitan
area and only rarely get anyone who isn’t already interested in early
music.

Two people who might be able to give you better advice are my sister,
Judith Conrad (judithconrad@mindspring.com), who has had a recorder
group meeting regularly every week in Fall River Massachusetts for
about 15 years, and Marcia Anderson (marciajander@mediaone.net), who
has been organizing recorder players in Bridgewater, Massachusetts for
even longer.

Hope this helps. Thanks for writing.