Berwang in Britain 2021
Music for voices and instrumental ensembles, including:
Vaughan Williams An Oxford Elegy
Bach Mass in G for choir and orchestra (movts)
Mozart Benedictus sit Deus for choir and orchestra (movts)
Sibelius partsong Sydämeni laulu
Poulenc motet Timor et tremor
Undine Smith Moore (arr.) We shall walk in peace
Maschwitz and Sherwin A nightingale sang in Berkeley Square
The music for instrumentalists will be an exciting mix of well and lesser known works in a range of styles. Final decisions regarding repertoire will depend on who registers for the course.
Examples of the works we may play are:
Wind Quintets: Danzi Op.56 No 1 & Ligeti Six Bagatelles
Sextets: Mozart Serenade in Eb
Octets: Woolfenden: Suite Francaise
Nonets: Dubois Huit plus Un, Gouvy Petite Suite Gauloise & Goussens Nonet
Dectets: Dvorak Czech Suite & Harold Three British Folk Songs
Strings Quartets: Haydn & Mozart
Sextets: Brahms Sextet & Tchaikovsky Souvenir de Florence
Bridge Suite for Strings & Mendelssohn String Symphonies
It is also very likely there will be opportunities for the wind and strings to play together, in works such as the Martinu, Spohr or Farranc Nonets. The instrumentalists will also join with the choir for some of the pieces they are working on at the end of the course.
Repertoire for the
Berwang International Holiday Music Course 2022
Harmoniemesse in B-flat major by Joseph Haydn, Hon. XXII:14 (1802).
This mass was Haydn's last major work; the prominence of the winds has earned the work its nickname of "Wind Band Mass".
https://www.google.com/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=cpdl+harmoniemesse&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8 (which may be downloaded free of charge)
Five Flower Songs by Benjamin Britten
Five Flower Songs (1950) were dedicated to Leonard and Dorothy Elmhirst as a silver-wedding present, and appropriately celebrated the couple’s love of botany. By this stage in his career, Britten had already shown himself to be an accomplished setter of English pastoral poetry and his response to the texts by Herrick, Crabbe and Clare is economical, imaginative and assured.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUinj6WmRog (this music is in copyright and may not be reproduced)
Course members are invited to purchase their own copies of the music, but it will also be available on loan in Berwang for a small charge.
Audio Files will be available in due course to aid individual preparation.
Other music, which will be provided at a nominal cost, will include part-songs and madrigals, as well as some light-hearted arrangements of popular music. Full details will be uploaded to the website in due course.
Mendelssohn String Symphony No.6 in E Flat Major
The strings will work together as a string orchestra and sometimes break into smaller groups to rehearse chamber music, from trios to octets. There will also be opportunities to play chamber music with piano and/or wind.
The wind will be exploring an exciting range of music for different combinations of instruments, for example:
Quintets Danzi, Op.56 No 1 in Bb and Ligeti Six Bagatelles
Nonets Dubois: Huit plus Un and Gouvy: Petite Suite Gauloise
Dectets Francaix: Nine Characteristic Pieces and
Faure arr Camden: Masques et Bergamasques
Mixed Chamber Music
There will also be opportunities for the wind and string players to explore mixed chamber music, for example
Wind and Strings Martinu and Spohr Nonets
Wind and Piano Braur: Sextet and Francaix: L'Herure du berger
Wind, Strings & Piano Hummel and Spohr Septets
In addition to music with strings and wind, the brass group will rehearse music to suit the range of instruments available. Details to be announced in due course.
Wind, Brass and Strings
The wind/brass and strings will join toghether to form the Chamber Orchestra, to explore orchestral repertoire and to work with the choir. For example the Chamber Orchestra will rehearse the Tomlinson Suite of English Folk Songs.
Those who would like to come to Berwang, but not take part in the music sessions, are very welcome to join us as listeners. You will be able to join in all the social activities of the course and come to listen to our concerts. You are also welcome to listen to the music sessions.
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