Introducing in a lively way the experience of real instruments making real music, covering western traditions of the 15th-18th centuries, with instruments drawn from the violin family, viols, recorders, flute and continuo (harpsichord, theorbo, baroque guitar) as required. This can lead to a basic study and demonstration of the way acoustic instruments work.
Introducing the functional aspects of music (dance, entertainment, liturgy, worksong) with demonstration and participational examples.
Introducing the musical forms and styles associated with social functions, for example: the solemnity of plainsong and polyphonic liturgical music, the simplicity of dance music to grounds or the structures of the pavan and 16th-century country dances, the concept of instruments imitating voices in chamber music.
Introducing emerging baroque forms: the recitative and aria of opera, the emerging dance forms of the 18th century. These can provide useful examples of the fundamentals of mode, scale and texture.
Some of the topics above can be broadened and enlivened by singing and dancing. The WBO works with experts in these fields. Worksheets are provided at the appropriate levels, with handouts and, if requested, projected pictures, all full of historical information.
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