July 30, 2009
An extremely enjoyable session this past weekend involving a consort of six players. I am probably at the weaker end of the spectrum technically compared to the rest, but I didn’t let my exasperation get the better of me, given that it was sight-reading for all of us. It was successful because regardless of faltering over quaver runs in the middle sections of fantasias, we started together and finished together. As a group, we were sufficiently confident and able not to break down irreparably.
We started with some very accessible pieces:
Alfonso Lobo, Versa est luctum. Performed at the public funeral of Spain’s Philip II.
Palestrina, Missa Papae Marcelli.
Moving things up a notch to include before a break for tea-and-cake:
Bach, J.S. Aus tiefer Not. Playing from the recorder arrangement of the organ piece, as per Walter Icking Archive.
Ferrabosco, In nomine Fantasy a6. Where the theme gets passed around, to keep us all busy.
And then the Big Guns:
Jenkins, Pavin no.2 a6
Jenkins, Fantasy no.5 a6
Lawes, Sett in C: Fantazy 2nd movement.
The last of course is the most esoteric, but having been familiar with it from recordings, I was overjoyed with the effort. I thought it might suffer terribly from being played extremely slowly, but not at all!