Blog and Google

Today I added two things to the page navigation.

Debut of the http://www.laymusic.org blog

The first is a categorized blog. You can read it in html, as an
rss feed, or let me know and I can sign you up for my rss to email
gateway, and you will get new blog entries for any or all categories
by email. Please let me know what you think.

I also put a link from the blog to my personal blog at
href=”http://serpent.laymusic.org/cgi-bin/lconrad/blosxom.cgi”>serpent.laymusic.org.
serpent.laymusic.org is my home computer, and I’ve been running a
webserver on it for some time but have avoided putting links to
anything on that site from the main site. I’ll reconsider this policy
if it turns out to be a problem.

Google ads

I also set up a google AdSense account. So far, the ads I’ve seen
have been inoffensive. Let me know if you feel otherwise.

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Additions, February, 2005

The Renaissance Band continues to chug through Dowland’s “A
Pilgrim’s Solace”. This week’s new one was Tell me,
true Love, where shall I seeke thy being
.

It was a particularly difficult transcription problem, and the
solution is unsatisfactory in several ways.

  • The Cantus part repeats the B section with the same words. The
    bassus part has what’s effectively a first ending that’s more
    elaborate than 17th century repeat notation can deal with, so it’s
    written out. The transcription mirrors that, so I have inserted
    rehearsal letters in the bass part. B is the start of the first
    repeat, and C corresponds to the second time through the repeat in the
    Cantus.

  • The above problem doesn’t really affect the Altus and Bassus,
    since they only come in on the repeat of the chorus. That is, the
    start of the notes and words is at section C in the bass. In our
    rehearsal, we had the people on the Tenor and Altus parts sing Bassus
    and Cantus on the A and B sections, and switch to their parts for C.
    In performance, we would probably have a solo singer on A and B, and
    then everybody come in on C.

  • The verses have very different numbers of syllables. The underlay
    of the first verse, which is all Dowland did, works fine. The other
    verses would need some tweaking if you were going to perform them.
    Let me know if you get a better solution to the problem than I did.

Performing at the Cambridge Public Library

The BRS is going to
have a Play the Recorder Month event at the Cambridge Public Library
on Saturday, April 2, 2005, from 2-4 PM.

We’ll be getting a number of groups to play for 10-15 minutes each,
have a table with literature and information about how to get involved
in playing the recorder, and refreshments at the break and after the
concert.

I think it would be a good chance for our group to try out some of
the May stuff, but I understand that some people might not want to
spend a whole Saturday afternoon in Cambridge for 15 minutes of
playing.

So if you’re interested in playing, let me know.

February 2005 schedule and plans

I think if we keep to every other week, we won’t be conflicting
with Roaring Jelly for a while. So:

  • February 1
  • February 15
  • March 1

We only had three people at our last meeting. Given the weather,
it was really, “Wow, we had three people!” But we didn’t get to work
on the four-part music we were planning. So we’ll do “Ding, Dong!
Merrily on high” and “Tell me true Love, where shall I seeke thy
being” next time.

Report on the February 1, 2005 rehearsal

We did:

  • Campian, When Laura Smiles.
  • Ding Dong! Merrily on High, testing for inclusion in the 2005
    supplement to “Carols for Parties”
  • Dowland, “Tell me true Love”
  • Campian, Never Weather-beaten Saile

The next rehearsal will be February 15. Anne will be in Spain, and
Stuart may have to go back to Taiwan. Paul is still coming back and
forth from Chicago.

We will continue chugging through “A Pilgrim’s Solace”, but will
have to stop at some point to start work on the April and May
performances. People who haven’t been coming regularly who would like
to play or sing with us should start coming.

I’m thinking of doing just a drinking songs group, or possibly part
of the River group at the April performance, and the river group, the
drinking songs, and the May group for the Walk for Hunger.

We’ll have to start working on some of the less familiar stuff we
want to do for May. We’ll also have to start doing consistent and
systematic review of the more familiar ones, so I’ll have a better
organized playlist drawn from the setlist soon.

Three’s a crowd (January 21, 2005 rehearsal)

  1. Drinking songs
    • Quand je bois
    • Vignons, Vignons
    • Changeons propos
  2. Gardane (the collection from which the above three drinking songs
    are taken). We read through about 10, and found one real winner:
    “Grace et vertu, bonté, beaulté, noblesse” by Guillaume Le Heurteur.
  3. Morley, “Good Morrow, fair ladies of the May”