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Early Music

EARLY MUSIC PROGRAM


FEMUSC 2022 will bring the first Early Music Program in the 17-year history of this festival. This Program will be dedicated to the study and presentation of works from the Baroque and Classical periods of Western music with instruments typical of the period.

Baroque music refers to works composed between approximately the year 1600 until the death of Johann Sebastian Bach in 1750. The tuning used in this course will be “A=415Hz”, or about half a step below the modern tuning (A=440Hz) . Baroque instruments or copies thereof will be used. It is recommended for participants to bring their own Baroque instruments. Modern wind instruments will not be accepted. Modern stringed instruments will be accepted with proper tuning, and we invite all string players to use gut strings and baroque bow, as well as classical bow if it is available. In Baroque Music FEMUSC will offer orchestra, choir, chamber music, cantatas, arias and possibly opera by composers from the Baroque period.

Classical Music refers to works composed between 1750 and approximately 1830, when the “colonial period” of the European colonies in the Americas ends. The tuning used in this course will be “A=430Hz”, or about 1/4 of a tone lower than the modern tuning (A=440Hz). Instruments typical of the classical period or copies thereof will be used. It is recommended for participants to bring their own classical instruments. Modern wind instruments will not be accepted. Modern stringed instruments will be accepted with proper tuning, and participants are recommended to use classical bow and gut strings. In Baroque Music FEMUSC will offer orchestra, choir, chamber music, and possibly opera by composers from the classical and colonial period.

It is recommended for string players considering bringing both types of bows to FEMUSC, each dedicated to a style as outlined above. Baroque and Classical Music activities will take place in opposite periods on the FEMUSC activity days in order to minimize the discomfort of using two different tunings.

Auditions: the repertoire for the Early Music Program is free to choose, and must demonstrate the extent of the candidate’s instrumental, musical and interpretive skills. Priority will be given to entries by instrumentalists who perform with typical instruments from the Baroque and/or Classical era. String players will be able to use modern instruments as long as their tuning is suitable for the Baroque (La=415Hz) or Classic (La=430Hz) period. Entries by wind instruments will only be considered if period instruments are used.

Within the early music program, Voice and Opera Classes will also be offered – repertoire of free choice as well.

Registration for the Early Music Program can be made through the FEMUSC website, www.femusc.com.br. Applications must submit recordings of between 5 to 10 minutes in length, already uploaded to the internet, whose links (from YouTube, Yahoo Video, Vimeo, etc.) will be added to the online application. Candidates must indicate their level of knowledge of performing with period instruments. FEMUSC will give priority to participants with specific knowledge of this musical art, but is open to accept participants who have medium knowledge or are even beginners in this area.