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Harpsichord Workshops


Harpsichord Music of George Frideric Handel

June 13 – 17, 2011

In these workshops attention is given to the musical needs of each participant. Each player is taught in such a way as to bring them forward from the level of experience they individually have had. Harpsichordists, organists, and pianists of intermediate and advanced levels are invited. Each player is guaranteed a harpsichord to practice on, either alone or shared with only one other person. Those bringing an instrument are guaranteed a locked, air-conditioned room for it, with exclusive access, plus help moving it in and out.

The workshop class schedule is from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (with breaks) at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance, in Ann Arbor Michigan. Each workshop will end at 5:00 p.m. on Friday; the workshops are open to participants who will be staying until then.


Fundamentals of Harpsichord Playing and Repertoire

June 20 – 24, 2011

This workshop is designed for pianists and organists making a transition to the harpsichord and for harpsichordists wishing broad coverage of a wide range of issues. It will present: 1) the fundamentals of harpsichord playing: touch, articulation, phrasing, fingering, tempo, ornamentation and rhythm, as they apply across the range of harpsichord repertoire; 2) fundamental information about harpsichord repertoire: styles, genres, composers, editions, original sources, again cutting across the scope of the Renaissance and Baroque repertoire; and 3) the fundamentals of basso continuo accompaniment technique. Basics of tuning and harpsichord maintenance will also be discussed, as well as the history of the instrument and basics about its construction.

Participants are asked to select in advance whatever harpsichord music they wish to play, to be working on, or to start work on during the workshop. Preparation can be on piano or organ if harpsichord is not available. Professor Parmentier wishes to communicate in advance with each participant to discuss the choices of music and to offer to assist, if needs be, in selecting music to bring, as well as to discuss their goals for the workshop generally.

Suggested purchases (not required for the workshop) of readily available harpsichord music include: Francois Couperin’s L’Art de toucher le Clavecin; Dover editions of Sweelinck, Pachelbel, F. Couperin, Froberger, Handel, Bach, Byrd (My Lady Nevells Booke), and The Fitzwilliam Virginal Book (2 vols.); Le Pupitre or LOiseaux-Lyre editions of Louis Couperin; and Schirmer (and other) editions of Scarlatti.

Please see our web site for more details on this and other workshops.

Contact Information

Sarah J Rau

School of Music, Theatre & Dance
Summer Workshops
1100 Baits Drive Rm 1281
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2085

Phone: (734) 647-7492
E-mail: smtd.workshops@umich.edu

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Music, Theatre & Dance

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Ann Arbor

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Arts, Continuing & Community