The Baroque Workshop aims to provide a place for advanced amateur and professional singers and players to study glorious Baroque Music.
Our Baroque orchestral workshops and the Summer School focus on music that doesn't ask for virtuosic soloists but for attentive ensemble players. The repertoire ranges from Jean-Baptiste Lully to Georg Muffat, from Johann Caspar Ferdinand Fischer to Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, from Henry Purcell to George Frideric Handel. The next Summer School will take place as always in the third week of August, 12-19 August 2023 'French style - Versailles and its influence on Europe' in Wolfenbüttel.
We'll also run Baroque Workshop Lab weekends dedicated to chamber music. Here we'll try to match the historical facts as close as possible and try to get it right in regards to pitch, tuning, temperament, articulation etc.
In 2023 we'll have two main focal points. In order to prepare for the Summer School and to get certain elements of French Music down before you embark playing in a larger ensembles, we offer you a weekend of French Music, concentrating on Jacques-Martin Hotteterre le Romain (1674-1763).
Our second aim is to celebrate Johann Joachim Quantz, who died 250 years ago on 12 July 1773 in Potsdam. He was a virtuoso, a first rate composer, a flute designer/improver/builder and the author of one of the most important books on music from the 18th century.
The music will be available 3-4 weeks in advance so you can prepare. We shall work from 17th or 18th century prints or modern editions. Most of the time we'll use the modern neo-baroque pitch of 415 Hz, since most wind players will have such instruments.