Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Off-season period music workshops begin Saturday, Dec. 3, at New Salem

Blast email sent to members of the Prairieland Dulcimers mailing list with press release enclosed - symbols in my email address are written out in CAPS to discourage spam.

Hi everybody -

It's nearly December already, and Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon we'll have the first of this year's off-season workshops in period music at Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site. I'm pasting more details below. If you have Jean Ritchie's "Dulcimer Book," please bring it and tune to DAA. (But you don't need a dulcimer!) We'll talk about how and where to find songs in old books, and how to transpose them to "D for dulcimer." And I'll bring in a song by Irish poet/songwriter Thomas Moore that young Abraham Lincoln and the Rutledge kids sang at Rutledge Tavern. It's called "The Legacy," and if you want to hear it there's a very nice solo by Denise Myriam Cannas backed by harp and violin on YouTube at ...


I don't think it sounded quite like that at Rutledge Tavern, but it's a really nice song.

Hope to see you there Saturday!

- Pete

Period Music Workshops at New Salem

A series of off-season workshops in music appropriate for playing in New Salem’s historic village will begin Saturday, Dec. 3, and continue through the first Saturdays in January, February and March 2012. Volunteer interpreter Pete Ellertsen will coordinate the workshops, to be held from 10 a.m. to noon in the Visitors Center at Lincoln ’s New Salem State Historic Site.

This year’s workshops will focus on tunes and techniques for playing the mountain dulcimer in “Songs and Tunes of the Wilderness Road ” by Ralph Lee Smith and “The Dulcimer Book” by Jean Ritchie. Both books are available from online booksellers, and Smith’s can be ordered on his website at http://www.ralphleesmith.com/ . In addition, we’ll talk about how to find songs appropriate to New Salem in books like Carl Sandburg’s “Songbag,” John Lair’s “Songs Lincoln Loved” and David S. McIntosh’s “Folk Songs and Singing Games of the Illinois Ozarks” and transpose them for the dulcimer in open modal tunings.

You don’t have to play the dulcimer to take part, and singers as well as people who play other instruments have joined the workshops in past years. You don’t even have to be particularly musical! In addition to the songs, we will discuss how to relate musical performance to “Big Picture” core interpretive themes at New Salem and different ways of involving visitors in the music. Weather permitting, workshops will be held Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011; and Saturday, Jan. 7, Feb. 4 and March 3, 2012.

For information, please contact Pete Ellertsen in Springfield at 217-793-2587 or by email at peterellertsen(AT)yahoo(DOT)com.

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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Heinrich Schütz, Die Weihnachtshistorien

Posted by theprof1958 The King's Consort, Robert King director (highlights)

Part 1 (9:24)

Part 2 (9:22)

Thursday, November 10, 2011

"Innsbruck, ich muß dich lassen" - notes

Das a Cappella Ensemble ProNobis of Blensheim in Germany sings "Innsbruck, ich muss dich lassen" von Heinrich Isaac.

Very good profile of Isaac (1445-1517) on Aryeh Oron's Bach Cantatas Website at http://www.bach-cantatas.com/Lib/Isaac-Heinrich.htm. "His best known work is probably the lied Innsbruck, ich muss dich lassen, of which he made at least two versions. It is possible, however, that the melody itself is not by Isaac, and only the setting is original. The same melody was later used as the theme for the Lutheran chorale O Welt, ich muß dich lassen, which was the basis of works by J.S. Bach and J. Brahms." It adds, "As if in gratitude, German-speaking musicians of several centuries (particularly the 19th) have cherished him as the composer of Innsbruck, ich muss dich lassen; at the same time, they searched feverishly for the presumed German folksong behind the famous setting." Wikipedia also has a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heinrich_Isaac"target="_blank">well-sourced profile of Isaac with links.

Probably a native of Flanders, Isaac sang at the Hapsburg court in Innsbruck early in his career before moving to Italy where his career flourished. Is there an autobiographical echo in the song?

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"Inßbrügg, ick moth dy laten" A very nice folkish arrangment by longtime folk music group Liederjan, of Hamburg, singing in Plattdeutsch [?] backed by guitar -

String quintet arrangement of the Lutheran chorale - Paul Luetkemann [???] O Welt, ich muss dich lassen E21 30.01.2010 Lutherkirche Wunstorf-Luthe

Paul Luetkemann (ca. 1555-1611)
  1. Bibliog. entry on Paul Luetkemann (ca. 1555-1611) @ Library of Congress, Cites New Grove, 2nd ed. (Luetkeman (Lütkemann, Lutkeman, Littkeman), Paul; b. ca. 1555, Kolberg, Pomerania (now Kołobrzeg, Poland), d. 1616; German composer and musician).
  2. A Google directory hit for Paul Lütkemann (c.1555-1616). Fantasia on "Innsbruck, ich muß dich lassen" adapted for recorders by Ulrich Alpers ... [?] at www.meg.nu/recorder/mondrup/Composers/Luetkemann.php but page not found ...
  3. Luetkemann, Paul c1555-1616 Germany, Kohlberg Pommern / Stettin - ?,? stadtpfeifer at http://composers-classical-music.com/l/LuetkemannPaul.htm Fantasia on Insbrueck ich muss dich lassen - from 5 and 6 part Fantasias p1597. ccm :: composers-classical-music :: com ~~~ dates and places of 20073 composers by timdebrie ~~~ © Tim de Brie, The Netherlands

Vocal backed by harp - w/ strong Norwegian accent - Petter Udland Johansen & Arianna Savall

Brass quartet in Telc (Czech Republic), April 17, 2009. Grand opening of "Niederösterreich Landesausstellung 2009"

Clavichord Arr. Elias Nicolaus Ammerbach (c.1530-1597) "Innsbruck ich muss dich lassen" & "Wer das Töchterlein haben will" (clavichord)

2 Keyboard pieces by Elias Nicolaus Ammerbach (c.1530-1597).
Ammerbach published the earliest printed book of organ music in Germany and he was organist at the Thomaskirche (Bach's church).

See also the embedded videos and lyrics - 15th-century German, modern German and English translation - at offene Ablage: nothing to hide ... Abbrev:..oAnth.....Motto:...'Nothing to Hide'.#25c3/#CCC.:.. Den Nachgeborenen ein gemahnendes Vorbild & zur bleibenden Erinnerung - Loc: München (Munich - Germany).