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Notes - November 8, 2017

Early Notation

The Dulcet Dulcian

One of the period instruments featured on the Burgundian Christmas program will be the dulcian. Not to be confused with the dulcimer, the dulcian (dul’-see-in) is the Renaissance predecessor of the modern bassoon.

dulcian playerLike many wind instruments, it comes in different sizes, corresponding to different pitch ranges, but the most common (and the one to be heard in the December program) is the bass dulcian.

In appearance, the dulcian differs from the modern bassoon by having a flared bell. In sound, it is gentler than the more abrasive shawm (another double-reed instrument of the time, predecessor of the oboe). Its range can be as much as two and a half octaves.

In the proper hands (and lips), it can be heard in large outdoor spaces (where dulcians often played alongside shawms and sackbuts), but can also be reined in for chamber music and choral accompaniment.

Joseph Jones will be the dulcian player for Burgundian Christmas.

“It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Burgundian Christmas...”

Good seats are still available for the December 9 concert at First Church of Christ, Scientist.

If you want to hear the program at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, ticket sales for the December 10th performance have been brisk, and the 17th is not far behind. If you haven’t already ordered your tickets, consider joining us at one of the concerts on the 25th. EM/NY is one of the few ensembles that actually perform a Christmas program on Christmas Day!

Venue -

Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine
1047 Amsterdam Avenue at 112th St
Cathedral St John the Divine
Adjacent to the Columbia University campus, the Cathedral is easily reached by public transportation: Buses M4, M11, M104; Subway #1 to 110th Street & Broadway. Parking is available in nearby garages on 112th and 114th Streets. For information regarding disability access call 212-280-0330.
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Venue -

First Church of Christ, Scientist
Central Park West at
68th St
First Church interior
Near Lincoln Center, the First Church of Christ, Scientist faces Central Park at 68th St. and is reached via the M72, M10 and Columbus Ave. M7 & M11 bus lines; subways C to 72nd at Central Park West (70th St. exit) & #1 to 66th at Broadway. Parking garages are available along W. 68th and W. 66th Streets. For information regarding disability access call 212-280-0330.
At your service
For a listing of restaurants near West 68
th Street in Lincoln Square, click  here.

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FALL 2017
Renaissance in the Low Countries
Saturday, December 9th at 7:30 pm
First Church of Christ,  Scientist
Central Park West at 68
th Street

with continuing performances at

Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine
1047 Amsterdam Avenue at 112th Street
Sunday, December 10th at 2:00 pm
Sunday, December 17th at 2:00 pm
Monday, December 25th at 2:00 pm
Monday, December 25th at 5:00 pm
Guillaume Dufay et Gilles Binchois
Continuing the fall focus on Flanders & Holland, Burgundian Christmas presents sacred and secular Renaissance holiday motets and carols for voices and instruments. EM/NY’s concerts in the intimate and ambient St. James Chapel, nestled within the world
s largest gothic cathedral, always play to full houses, so order early!

Genial Kapellmeister
Saturday, March 3rd at 7:30 pm
First Church of Christ,  Scientist
Central Park West at 68th Street

Maestro Renz
Maestro Renz
devotes an entire evening to a single composer: the beloved and endlessly inventive “Papa” Haydn. With his unique combination of genius and geniality, Haydn developed some of the freshest, most original classical symphonies of his time, from the stormy to the sublime, while in service at the remote Esterházy estate in Hungary.

Venice to Vienna
Saturday, May 5th at 7:30 pm
First Church of Christ,  Scientist
Central Park West at 68th Street

The Concert, Lionello Spada  c. 1615
The ‘new’ Italian style of Monteverdi and his contemporaries, blossoming at the turn of the 17th century, quickly made its way across the Alps, as Italians were engaged by Austrian and German courts. In addition to Monteverdi, composers will include Carlo Farina, whose Capriccio stravagante feat
ures a veritable carnival of the animals.

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