Renaissance Workshop Summer School 2020

Renaissance Flutes by Barbara Stanley - Photo: André Wagenzik

8-15 August 2020

French Prints 1520-1610 from Lyon, Paris and Antwerp

The Renaissance Workshop Summer School 2019 will take place in the historic town of Wolfenbüttel, home to Michael Praetorius, Johann Rosenmüller, Johann Theile, Gregorius Huwet,  visited by almost everybody who was involved with music in the 16th - 18th century, since it was a most important art loving court. Today it is known for the Herzog-August-Bibliothek, one of the greatest libraries in the world. The churches were Praetorius and Rosenmüller worked and are buried still stand and the town is absolutely charming, nothing more then a short walk away.

The first collections of consort music printed in France were by Pierre Attaignant and Jacques Moderne, whose 'Musicque de Joye' included pieces from a Venetian collection. Moderne was an Italian who trained in Venice and later moved to Lyon. In the same period a family of recorder and flute builders named Rafi/Raffin/Raffy was active. They made wonderful instruments with a large range, quite different from other traditions.

We shall focus on the 'Musicque de Joye' published by Jacques Moderne in Lyon, on Consort-Music by Attaignant for flute or recorders, on the Fantasies by Eustache de Caurroy for 3-6 parts and on the wonderful lute music from the period.

For viol players we have three high-pitch Renaissance viols (tenor and two basses) build by Josef Huber available during the workshop. If you don't have a Renaissance instrument or if you see a problem tuning up yours, we can provide one for you.

The teachers are all old friends who have been doing workshops or summer school classes with us in the past years:

Amanda Markwick - Renaissance flute consort

Michael Dollendorf - Renaissance recorder consort

Johanna Carter - Renaissance viol consort

Lukas Henning - Renaissance lutes


Amanda Markwick - Renaissance flute consort

Amanda studied at The Hague and is performing with many international Early Music ensembles like the Attaingnant Consort together with her former teacher Kate Clark.

Pierre Attaingnant (1494-1552) printet his first book of music in 1528 with a Royal Privilege by Francois I. With this he set a very high standard and it didn't take long until he was famous for the quality of his products.

The 1533 print of 27 chansons (in fact there are 28 but maybe the title was already printet and nobody wantet to change it) combines compositions of 8 composers, Claudin de Sermisy being the most prominently featured. The others are Guilliaume Le Heurteur, Pierre Passerau, Pierre Vermont, Jocotin, Johannes Lupi, Nicolaas Gombert and Pierre de Manchicourt. They took state of the art poetry and set them to music in a new straight forward stile full of imagination.

On the title page Attaingant  marks the pieces that are suitable for flutes (21 pieces). We'll concentrate on these. One of the rare collections that features the early flute with wonderful music. Before it was so often associated with the military fife. Now, in a four-part concort settings, it finds it's very special and delicate voice.

Michael Dollendorf -  Renaissance recorder consort

Michael specializes in consort and ensemble playing and is frequently invited to teach at conservatories, universities and festivals. He travels with his large set of 17 matched recorders, so that partisipants can experience music making without any tuning problems. He also plays Renaissance and Baroque flute and does programs with contemporary music.

Johanna Carter - Renaissance viol consort

studied in Vienna and Graz and at masterclasses with Jordi Savall and Wieland Kuijken. She performs regularly with Le Concert des Nations, Hesperion XXI, Armonico Tributo Austria and the viol ensemble Almayne. She is know as a teacher, coaching consorts and introducing young people to the viol. Together with her husband she runs Oriana Music, a publisher specializing in music for viols.

The Fantasies by Eustache de Caurroy for 3-6 parts are an important collection of French viol music from this period.

Lukas Henning - Renaissance lute

Lukas is the founder of musica memo and has just released his first solo CD 'Bella incognita' - The imagination of Marco dall'Aquila' on the Glossa label. Recently he toured and recorded with the Ensemble Graindelavoix. He tought at our Renaissance & Baroque Workshops for the past two years.

We work at the high Renaissance pitch of 460 Hz. Recorders and flutes can be provided. Viols might want to use thinner strings for the two top cources and lutes can be played with a capo on the first fret. If you don't have a Renaissance viol but like to partisipate, we usually can arrange to have an instrument for you. The best size for this kind of music is the tenor viol.


Registration ends on 15 June 2020 but we work on a first come first serve basis. Please sign up early. It helps us a lot with planing the repertoire and safes us from surprises like having 11 sopranos, 1 viol, 4 sopranino recorders and a harpsichord.

Each class needs four participants to make it happen, the maximum number is six. This is to ensure intense work. We reserve the right to cancel the class if there aren't enough registrations. In this case the full amount will be refunded. Participants can cancel until 1 July 2020 and get a refund. If you have to cancel thereafter, you are free to send somebody else to take your spot and replace you but we can't pay you back.

The workshop starts with a reception at 4:00 pm on Saturday 8 August at the Prinzenpalais, followed by a guided tour through town and some music making in the evening. We'll point out the locations were the classes will take place. Besides the Prinzenpalais this is the Villa Seeliger used by the Landesmusikakademie Niedersachsen. It's a 5-10 minute walk between these locations. The Prinzenpalais has no weelchair access. If you have special needs, please tell us before you register and we see how we can accommodate you.

The Summer School classes are 9:30 am - 1 pm and 2:30 - 6 pm. The Summer School ends with a final concert from 3:00 - 5:00 pm on Saturday 15 August.

There is a security system in place at the Villa Seeliger. Just partisipants can enter with a special badge and the house is looked at 6 pm. During the day there are small practise rooms available there, if you want to go over your parts on your own. For the evenings we'll arrange for an open room at the Prinzenpalais, if somebody feels the need to keep playing...

Price: the Baroque Workshop Summer School is € 480,- for the week. Active participants only. The is no such thing as 'just sitting in as a listener'.

Sign up: your are registered after we received your registration form and your money transfer.

Getting there: Wolfenbüttel is a 10 minutes train ride south of Braunschweig. If you fly into Berlin it takes about 2:30 hours to get there, from Hannover it's just an hour.

Staying there: There is a Jugendgästehaus, a Bundesakademie, many hotels, holiday apartments and a campground. Please arrange for your own housing according to your needs and budget. Jugendgästehaus is very nice and close to the Villa Seeliger and the Rosenmüller church, the Hotel Bayrischer Hof is the most central, the Park Hotel the most fancy.... your choice...


Renaissance Workshop Summer School 2020 | Michael Dollendorf - Early Music


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