Port Townsend Presents Frances Blaker: Baroque Sonatas 1690-1720

Presented by San Francisco Early Music Society


Players of upper-intermediate to advanced level may get the most out of this class; however, players of a lower level who want to give it a try are welcome. As the Baroque period developed, so did the Sonata. At first, sonatas were a loose collection of sections in various moods and characters, but as the 17th century went on those sections became separate movements, and by the end of the 1600's a whole language of composition - and of performance - had evolved. We will examine movements from three sonatas, discovering common features of Baroque writing and learning to recognize which elements are expected and which are surprising. All the while we will discuss how our recorder techniques will help us to bring out the various features. Lots of playing, lots of learning!

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