minstrel: Beginner questions about XIVth century France
dagoura at MIT.EDU
Mon Mar 27 15:15:02 PST 2000
Matheus de Troyes writes:
> Lacking any other starting point, I have set myself the goal of
> learning to play a single dance piece on a recorder.
Yay! Welcome to the brotherhood :)
> Could anyone:
> 1) recommend a brand/model of recorder
Get a Yamaha plastic instrument to start on. If you mean to play for
dancers, get a soprano (US$8.50, hearabouts). If you mean only to
play for entertainment, get an alto (~US$20). The alto is sweeter in
novice hands, but does not carry at all as well as a soprano which is
therefore superior for dance.
If you have a little extra cash and intend to get a soprano, you might
instead opt for the Moeck plastic instrument which has a "Renaissance"
silhouette. It think they're ~US$20.
> 2) a piece of music to work upon
For soprano: Bransle de Chevaux ("Horse's Bransle"). Arbeau,
If you can only play one piece of dance music, this should probably be
it. It's wildly popular -- you can play it forever without the
dancers getting bored. It is long enough to be a "piece" without
repeating, and yet is not too long for a beginner. It will require
you to learn a big bunch of the really important notes (including
B-flats); a bit more work than, say, Hermit's Bransle, but *MUCH* more
satisfying and useful. And insanely catchy.
And once you've learned it, the other bransles should be a piece of cake.
For alto: Bransle Cassandra. Arbeau, _Orchesography_, 1589. Not as
useful for dance (very boring dance, not terribly popular with the
dancers), but pretty tune well suited to the alto.
> 3) any suggestions on how I should go about teaching myself to play
A bunch. The first, though, would be to go get a copy of "The
Recorder Book" by Ken Wollitz, though it suposes an alto.
Are you going to start with soprano or alto?
-- Tibicen (19 years (!) a recorder player, 10 years a dance musician)
tibicen at carolingia.org
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