Vivaldi to Bartok
Our first workshop is a little journey through the different Musical Periods of History plus a Quiz in which the audience participate actively with us.
Our travel begins in the Baroque, at the time when our instruments were made for the first time, and then we go through the Classical, Romantic and Modern periods. We explain the historic context of each era, musical features and main composers, supporting our explanation with musical examples and a projection in the background. At the end of each section we perform a couple of pieces to help the audience recognise the main features of the music at each time.
Shoes: when participants get into the hall, they all get a set of 4 pictures of shoes, but they still don’t know what they are for! As the workshop goes by they realise that in the projection each section contains a slide of a shoe that was fashionable at the time.
After completing the four periods the Quiz begins: we perform a few more pieces and now is when the shoes come into play! The audience has to guess from which period, lifting up the picture that they think corresponds to the musical time we are playing.
Take a look to some of the pictures taken from the last workshop at Burgh House, London (May 2013):
Thinking in Canon
Thinking in Canon is a didactic concert based on the Canon form. We perform different types of Canons and explain why this musical form is such an useful tool in music education. Everything is supported with a projection showing pictures of the music and composers.
The concert is divided in three parts: in the first one we explain & play examples of different types of canons, the second deals with how the great composers used this form in their compositions and the last one is a short concert in which we play 4 pieces specifically composed in canon.
Music excerpts from Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and C. Frank, and full pieces by Telemann, Max Reger, Hindemith and Robert Davidson.
This is a video from our last performance at Burgh House, London (Jan. 2013):