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Class Descriptions and Schedule
for the 37th Fall Texas Toot

Nov 16 - 18, 2012


Tell Us Which Classes You Want! The online form below contains the complete set of classes offered. They are not set into a schedule yet (we don't know which ones are First period, Second period, etc.), but ... Tell us which ones you are most interested in, and we will do our best to accommodate you! Of course, you must be registered for the Toot for us to pay any attention to your choices at all...

Overview of the Weekend
Friday evening
4:00 pm — check-in begins
Dinner (5:30-6:00 pm, Dining Hall)
7:30 pm — Orientation / Toot Membership Meeting, followed by large-group playing
Saturday (note breaks between class times)
Breakfast (8:00-8:30 am, Dining Hall)
Class 1 (9:00-10:20 am)
Class 2 (10:40-12 noon)
Lunch (12 noon-12:30 pm)
Class 3 (1:10-2:30 pm)
Class 4 (2:45-4:00 pm)
Class 5 (4:15-5:30 pm)
Dinner (5:30-6:00 pm, Dining Hall)
Nightly Event (generally starting at 7:30 pm)
Breakfast (8:00-8:30 am, Dining Hall)
Class 6 (9:00-10:20 am)
Class 7 (10:40-12 noon)
Lunch (12 noon-12:30 pm)
Check out by 1:00, and start planning to come to the Summer Toot!

Class Preferences

Please check the classes you are most interested in taking. There are 7 class periods, so giving 8 or 9 choices is optimal; Danny will arrange the schedule to accommodate as many people's choices as possible. You will also be able to make or change your selections at the Toot, if you'd prefer to tell us just your 4 or 5 most appealing classes. Fill in "Comments" below if there's a class you absolutely must have...

We do need you to fill in your name and email, so we can match your choices to your registration. If you don't have these filled in, the form will complain, and when you come back all your class choices will be cleared. (Sorry! but this is your warning...)

When you are done, press the button called "Send Class Preferences" to submit them to us.

If you have not registered for the Toot yet, please send in your registration before sending class preferences!

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Tom Zajac La Missa de la Sorbonne, part 1: This 14th-C mass has been newly edited for the use of the Early Music class at the Sorbonne in Paris, under the direction of Ben Bagby, and now finds its place among the earliest polyphonic mass cycles. We will play/sing this mass in its entirety and compare it with movements from the 4 other great mass cycles of the 14th-century: Tournai, Barcelona, Toulouse and the most famous of all, Machaut's Mass for Our Lady, the Blessed Virgin Mary. All instrumentalists and singers
Tom Zajac La Missa de la Sorbonne, part 2: more of the same! All instrumentalists and singers
Tom Zajac Music from the Montecassino MS: Vernacular Italian pieces from this quirky and delightful collection from late 15th-C Naples. What did Italian music sound like just before the dawn of the Renaissance? This collection features pre-frottolae songs, motets, Franco-Flemish works and Spanish songs from the cosmopolitan court of Spanish born King Ferrante I. All instrumentalists
Tom Zajac West Coast, New World: Sacred and secular works from the 18th-C missions of Nueva Mexico in what is now California, from the new editions by musicologist Craig Russell. All instrumentalists and singers
Tom Zajac Renaissance recorders: class for players/owners of Renaissance style recorders. We will play a sampling of Renaissance songs and motets on the beautiful combination of different sized of Renaissance recorders. Intermediate & up recorders, with Renaissance instruments
Mary Springfels The English Courtly Makers: Music from the Fayrfax Manuscript. Upper intermediate viols
Mary Springfels Dufay in Italy: Advanced viols
Mary Springfels The Dresden Orpheus: music of Heinrich Schuetz (needs 6 players/singers) Intermediate & up viols, singers
Mary Springfels A neglected master: works of Giaches de Wert, could do 4, 5, or 6 part pieces. Upper intermediate viols
Mary Springfels Renaissance songs of praise. Italian laude from Capetown Grey (4 parts) Intermediate & up viols
Jennifer Carpenter L'histoire du Tango!: This popular Argentinian dance has inspired many exciting instrumental compositions and arrangements. We'll take a look at several 20th-century tangos. Advanced recorder players
Jennifer Carpenter Elizabethan Music: During the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, English musicians created some of the most accomplished and highly regarded compositions in all of Europe. Come experience the works of composers who flourished during the final years of the Tudor dynasty including William Byrd, John Bull, John Dowland, among others. Intermediate/upper-intermediate recorders
Jennifer Carpenter La Follias: This popular bass pattern is the foundation of many pieces from the Renaissance through the 20th century with some of the most popular settings composed by Corelli, Marais, and Vivaldi. We will look at some historical settings and a 20th-century composition based on this bass melody. Intermediate through advanced recorders
Jennifer Carpenter Ensemble Sonatas: We will read through some sonatas arranged for recorder ensembles. Possible compositions by Legrenzi, Corelli, Geminiani and Vivaldi. Upper-intermediate/advanced recorders
Jennifer Carpenter Terpsichore: Michael Praetorius compiled, composed and arranged a variety of 16th-century dances in his manuscript Terpsichore named after the muse of music. We'll read through a variety of dances from this manuscript. Intermediate recorders
Carol Deihl Beginning viol, part 1: All are welcome! Some instruments will be available for loan.
Carol Deihl Beginning viol, part 2: Continuation of part 1 (different material) All are welcome! Some instruments will be available for loan.
Carol Deihl Fiddle band: All bowed strings
Therese Honey Harp technique: Harp, any level
Therese Honey Bray harp: Learn all about how to prepare your harp and play in this style. Harp, any level
Therese Honey Compendio Numeroso: by Fernandez de Huete, 1702, a Spanish treatise on music for the single- and double-harp, written in tablature. The tab is easy to translate & includes fingering for scales and descriptions of trills Harps, lower intermediate and higher
Therese Honey Do it yourself: Arranging Renaissance dance music for solo harp, focusing on a specific Renaissance dance form or a specific composer or country Intermediate & up harp
Jan Jackson Medieval Treats: Beginning or lower intermediate recorders
Jan Jackson Play by ear: Learn to play a simple tune by ear while applying good technique Beginning recorders
Jan Jackson Music for two: Lower intermediate Renaissance duos. Lower intermediate recorders (Beginners welcome, too)
Frank Shirley Motets and Madrigals on Recorders II: A continuation of the banquet of lush harmonies we enjoyed last year, this year including "Draw on, sweet night" by John Wilbye. Intermediate & up recorders
Frank Shirley Dance music of the Renaissance: Pavans, Galliards, Almains, etc, by Brade, Widman, Susato and Holborne. Intermediate & up recorders
Frank Shirley Fun Arrangements for Recorders: Kick back and relax at the end of the day with some music to play just for fun -- Ragtime, Light Classical Works, and maybe a Sousa march or two. Intermediate & up recorders
Frank Shirley Baroque Concertos: arranged for various combinations of recorders: Telemann's Concerto in F for 4 Altos, Bach's 3rd Brandenburg Concerto (last movement) for AAAB, a Vivaldi Concerto arranged for ATTB. Advanced recorders – limit 6
Jane Leggiero Semper Dowland, Semper Dolens: Come wallow in the luscious and gorgeous soundscapes of Dowland's lachrimae. Viols only, minimum 4 with at least one treble
Jane Leggiero Semi-Annual Check Up: A chance to work out the kinks in your technique that are holding you back. Bring in a solo, a consort, or an instrument that is giving you trouble, or whatever else you need. Viols only, no minimum
Jane Leggiero With Grateful Hearts: From simple to complex and from heartwrenching to uplifting, no one set chorales better than JS. Come enjoy the chance to dig into them. All instruments welcome
Jane Leggiero Beyond the Fairest Isle: Consorts not from England! Yes, they DO exist! Viols only
Jane Leggiero Sightreading Workshop: There's nothing for it but to practice, but we will start off with a few tactics and ways to make it a little less painful. Then we'll dive right into music of varying difficulty. All instruments welcome
Bruce Brogdon Lute ensemble: Lute, all but beginners
Bruce Brogdon Lute and harp ensemble: Lute and harp, all but beginners
Bruce Brogdon Lute song class 1: (team teaching with Danny Johnson), concentrating on English repertoire Lute and voice, intermediate & up
Bruce Brogdon Lute song class 2: (team teaching with Danny Johnson) 17th century continuo song and airs de cour, concentrating on English, Italian, and French repertoire and performance practice Lute and voice, intermediate & up
Bruce Brogdon Intro to lute technique: All welcome
Susan Richter Recorders in Swing: play songs in jazz/swing style, for 4-part or more recorders. Bring your rhythm chops! Intermediate & up recorders
Susan Richter Double (reed) the fun!: Intro to shawms & dulcians; ensemble playing if we have enough folks. Some instruments available for loan. Anyone welcome; some double reed experience helpful.
Susan Richter Krummhorn Ensemble: for all capped reeds (krummhorns, cornemuses, kortholts). We'll read through some more substantial music than at the Konclave Krummhorns, intermediate & up (some instruments available for loan)
Danny Johnson Lute song class 1: (team teaching with lutenist Bruce Brogdon), concentrating on English repertoire Lute and voice, intermediate & up
Danny Johnson Lute song class 2: (team teaching with lutenist Bruce Brogdon) 17th century continuo song and airs de cour, concentrating on English, Italian, and French repertoire and performance practice Lute and voice, intermediate & up
Danny Johnson Vocal ensemble: Motets and madrigals by the enigmatic Orlando di Lasso. Intermediate & higher voices

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