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Historical Performance Practice Workshop

by Dorée Huneven

On Monday, January 17, 2011, George Washington University’s orchestra rehearsal room was the setting for a one-day workshop given by Vivaldi Project directors Elizabeth Field and Stephanie Vial. On violin and cello respectively, they led thirteen teachers and advanced students through a number of musical examples that are found in the Suzuki books, imbuing them with baroque stylistic practices. Lynne Denig and Gary Frisch, generous sponsors of the event, were on hand, both to listen and to exhibit baroque instruments and their specially made chinrests. The other sponsor was Rapkievian Fine Violins.

After a few hours of playing and practicing, attendees were given a short concert by Elizabeth and Stephanie, along with guest cellist Jodi Beder. The course’s example pieces were played twice—the first time with copies of period instruments, and the second time on modern instruments, reinforcing the idea that a baroque sound can be achieved on the instruments of today. This ASTA MD/DC-sponsored event will be repeated. Look also for the Modern Early Music Institute, a four-day workshop along the same lines—with the addition of baroque dance—to take place in late June 2011.

Ale Schneider, Liz Field














Ale Schneider watches Liz Field demonstrate.





Stephanie Vial
Stephanie Vial

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