Articulation and Rhetoric in Baroque music 🎵 | £22.00

Start: Dec. 17, 2023, 6 p.m.

End: Dec. 17, 2023, 7:30 p.m.

Time Zone: Central European Time

About The Workshop

With Lobke Sprenkeling's fascination and training in a multi-disciplinary approach to performance, and Michael Piraner's interest in the relationship between language and musical performance, you will learn ways to develop a rhetorical style of playing through a refined use of articulation.

This class takes a more analytical approach to Baroque pieces, exploring how rhetoric is integral to the art of storytelling within the music. We’ll discuss the structure of the pieces, the relationship between melody and harmony in storytelling, and how this relates to the articulations used. We will start with vocal music before moving on to pieces like Telemann’s Fantasia I, Philidor’s Recorder Sonata, and even journey back in time to Van Eyck’s variations. 



🗓️ Sunday, December 17



🌍 America/Europe: 18:00-19:30 CET (5pm UK time)

🌏 Australasia: 10.00am Sydney Time


💰 Pricing Information:

Each course has a duration of 90 minutes and costs £22 (42 AUD).


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📖 Workshop Materials:

All music and notes will be emailed to you before the workshop.  You may find it beneficial to print out the music for ease of reading.

About the tutors

Lobke Sprenkeling obtained her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees as a recorder player and theatrical performer at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague and Utrecht Conservatory, Netherlands. She continued her studies at the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya, Spain, with a national scholarship from the Prince Bernhard Culture Fund. In 2016 she earned her music Ph.D. cum laude at the Universidad Politècnica de València. She also studied multidisciplinary theater from a musical perspective (Carlos III University, Madrid, and the Yale University Summer Program); her specific interest in the relationship between musician and body has led to her performing in and creating multidisciplinary works.

As a concertist, she has performed with several outstanding orchestras and ensembles specialising in early music, such as Les Talens Lyriques, La Ritirata, Concerto 1700, Ímpetus Ensemble, La Capella de Ministrers, Harmonia del Parnàs , La Academia de los Nocturnos, the Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana, Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid, and her own ensemble Musickes Delight.

She taught recorder at the pre-conservatory program (ages 8-18) of the Conservatorio Profesional of Valencia (2007-16), and has taught in Europe, Mexico and the U.S. (sessions with the recorder societies in Phoenix, AZ, and Seattle, WA, and for Amherst Early Music). She write for the "Learn" column of American Recorder Society magazine.
She currently teaches the recorder at Madrid Royal Conservatory. She published her solo CD “Pulchra Es” in 2022 and taught at Lyon National Conservatory in France, in an Erasmus Program collaboration with recorder pedagogs Pierre Hamon and Sébastien Marq. 


Michael Piraner gained his Diploma of the NSW State Conservatorium of Music (principal study clarinet), a Bachelor's degree from Sydney Conservatorium of Music with recorder as his principal study, and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Birmingham.  Michael studied recorder with Anneke Boeke at the Guildhall School of Music in London as well as privately in Amsterdam.  

As a performer, he plays regularly with Polyphonica Recorder Trio, which has given numerous concerts in the UK, Germany, France and Holland.  Michael has performed as a soloist in France, the UK and Australia, as well as taking part in radio broadcasts and ensemble recitals in the USA and Australia.

In the 1990s Michael taught recorder at Newcastle Conservatorium of Music, Australia, and he currently teaches individuals, small groups and takes larger workshops in the UK.  He has a special interest in the relationship between language and music in relation to interpretation and recorder articulation technique.


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Please have a C or F recorder for the workshop.



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