Baroque Keyboard Workshop in February, 2014: AEMA, as a part of Early Music America, will sponsor a keyboard workshop on Baroque instruments, on Friday, February 7, and Saturday, February 8, 2014.
Open to pianists and harpsichordists of any level of accomplishment, the workshop will provide some area pianists with their first opportunity to play early keyboard music on instruments similar to those which inspired that music.
The workshop, initiated by AEMA member Raisa Isaacs, will be particularly relevant for young pianists who participate regularly in AMTA and other competitions. “Piano students know very well that any serious musical competition requires a Baroque piece in the program,” says Isaacs. “Just as Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier was intended for the harpsichord or clavichord – as opposed to the modern piano – it can be equally revelatory that French Baroque music sounds better on a harpsichord designed after French examples, than on a Flemish-styled instrument.”
Students (and their teachers!) will have a unique opportunity to participate, either as listeners or performers, at the workshop, and have a chance to play on the several instruments that the event will offer: French, Italian, and Flemish harpsichords, clavichord, and lautenwerck (lute-harpsichord). The workshop will include presentations on Baroque repertoire for beginner and advanced levels. Teacher-performers will include AEMA board members David Buice and Daniel Pyle.
The workshop will be held at Church of the New Covenant, Doraville. On Friday evening, February 7, there will be a demonstration of all the featured keyboard instruments, with an opportunity for participants to experience the various keyboards, “hands on”, following the demonstration performances. Saturday, February 8, will find the instruments in separate locations throughout the church, allowing participants to experience each instrument individually.
AEMA members are invited to join AMTA participants in adding to your understanding and enjoyment of these instruments that are so central to early music! Watch the Broadside and the AEMA website, in the months ahead, for more information on times and offerings of this event.