17th-Century German Sacred Music with Trombones: an Italian Inheritance

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Date(s) - August 6, 2013
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

UBC School of Music

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Linda Pearse (Early brass specialist, Faculty at Mount Allison University)

Compositional innovations in Italian music of the early seventeenth century resulted in marked developments in the realms of texture, form, and structure. German composers traveled to Italy to learn this craft and transmit it north of the Alps. The strong tradition of sacred music in Protestant Germany and the German predilection for contrapuntal textures blend with the “newer” Italian style of composition and result in stunning works of remarkable beauty and great coherence. The increasing specification of instruments, including that of trombones, is significant as a sign of the rising importance of instrumental music, and the development of idiomatic writing for instruments.

This lecture addresses these compositional developments through the examination of German concerted music with specified parts for trombone and serves as an introduction to several of the works that will be performed during the Vancouver Early Music Festival concert “A Rose in the Desert” on August 10th, 8pm, Roy Barnett Recital Hall. 

inda Pearse comes to the Vancouver Early Music Programme & Festival with over fifteen years of professional experience as a sackbut player, experience in multi-media and interdisciplinary genres, and an interest in research in historical brass literature and performance practice. She currently teaches early trombones at Indiana University’s Early Music Institute and is Assistant Professor of Music at Mount Allison University in Canada. She holds a Doctor of Music degree from Indiana University, and a Master’s of Music degree in Early Music from the Schola Cantorum in Basel Switzerland. After studies at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis with Charles Toet, Pearse embarked on a professional career as a trombone chamber, soloist, and orchestral player. Her research has been published in the Journal of the Society for Ming Studies and her work on seventeenth-century Italian motets with trombone is under contract for publication with A-R Editions. 


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