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Sunday, April 22, 2018, 9:30 – 4:00 pm
Viola da Gamba Society Greater New York Workshop

William White and Shades of White
William White and His Contemporaries

Stern College at 35th Street and Lexington Avenue in New York City

Music Director: Patricia Ann Neely
Coaches: Lucy Bardo, Roland Hutchinson, Lawrence Lipnik

The Jacobean period (1603-1625) was one of the most prolific in England’s cultural history. The music was extraordinarily rich, providing the church, court and countryside with voice anthems, consort songs and — the most splendid genre — instrumental consorts. Composers such as William Byrd, Giovanni Coprario, Alfonso Ferrabosco II, Orlando Gibbons, Thomas Lupo, Thomas Tomkins and John Ward were masters of all three genres. These composers enjoyed Royal patronage; an equally splendid, yet more enigmatic contemporary, was William White. There is little information about White’s life and career He composed a few anthems, and only 14 instrumental consorts for strings (in two, three, five and six parts) are extant and can be found in several late-Jacobean and Caroline sources. White appears in records in 1603 as a “singing man at Westminster,” and was paid to participate in Queen Elizabeth’s funeral that same year. The 1616 partbooks of Thomas Myriell’sTristitiae remedium. Cantiones selectissimae, diversorum tum authorum, tum argumentorum; labore et manu exaratae include, among its 225 works, compositions by White; it is believed that his most prolific phase may have been around 1620, at the height of the Jacobean period.

The workshop explores the 5 and 6 part fantasies of White and compares his style with that of his contemporaries who worked together as “Coprario’s Music” and under the Royal Patronage of Charles I, Prince of Wales, later King. We will consider White’s place as a composer with his contemporaries and how their work contributed to an indigenous English compositional style.

Patricia Ann Neely has appeared with many early music ensembles including, the Folger Consort, Smithsonian Viol Consort, the Washington Bach Consort, ARTEK, Glimmerglass Opera, New York City Opera, the Boston Camerata, Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, The Newberry Consort, The New York Consort of Viols, among others. She spent 3 years in Europe with the medieval ensemble, Sequentia, is a founding member of Parthenia, and is currently Managing Director of Abendmusik, a period instrument string band. Ms. Neely teaches at The Brearley School, the VDGSA Conclaves, and for a long time was a regular faculty member at the Amherst Early Music Festival. Recording credits include: Arabesque, Allegro, Musical Heritage, Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, Ex Cathedra, Classic Masters, Erato, Lyrichord, and Music Masters labels.

9:00 – 9:30 Registration and Set up
9:30 – 11:45 – Session 1
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch
1:15 – 2:30 Session II
2:45 – 4:00 Session III
A = 415
Please bring a stand.

The deadline for registering is April 1. Late registrants will be accepted only if space is available.

Send questions to: violtreas@gmail.com


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