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RCM International Festival of Viols Lectures
2:30pm | 27 November 2017 | Farinelli Room
Join us for three lectures given by visiting experts, as part of the RCM’s International Festival of Viols.
Christopher Simpson: An English Viola Bastarda Player?
Lucy Robinson Royal Welsh College of Music
Is it possible to trace a line from the Italian viola bastarda school to the English violists, notably Simpson and The Division Viol (1659)? This talk examines the links between Italy and England during the bastarda period, draws attention to Lawes’ interest in using pre-existing chamber music by other composers such as Ferrabosco II and finally focuses on The Division Viol.
The Poetic Viol: The Language of the Pièces De Viole
Sam Stadlen RCM viol consort professor
French Baroque instrumental music was actually poetry in disguise. Just like song and declamation, its expressive power was based on linguistic devices such as exclamations, exaggerated pronunciation, poetic flourishes, explosive consonants, and rhymes. This talk will explore the connections between these facets of the French language and the composition and performance of the pièces de viole between1650–1730.
Ferrabosco and Shakespeare: Ayres and Sonnets
Richard Boothby RCM viola da gamba professor
Both Alfonso Ferrabosco’s Ayres for 1, 2 and 3 Viols and Shakespeare’s Sonnets were published in 1609. Richard Boothby explores other similarities and illustrates this seminal lyra viol publication with examples for one and two lyras, with the help of Reiko Ichise.
Tickets: Free but required