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Viola da Gamba Society of Greater New York Spring 2023 Workshop


"It is Time to Die"
Coprario's Six-Part Music for Viols

Brent Wissick, with Parthenia Viol Consort and David Morris

April 1, 2023, 10 am to 5 pm

National Opera Center
330 Seventh Avenue, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10001


Giovanni Coprario’s six-part music for viol consort clearly started out as either Italian madrigals, or fantasias in madrigal style. These “instrumental-madrigals,” with titles taken from Guarini's "Il pastor fido," convey the narrative of the poetry that had taken Europe by storm, telling the story of lives and loves of shepherds and shepherdesses in the mythical land of Arcadia. Led by Brent Wissick, David Morris and members of Parthenia, we will explore these amazing fantasias along with Coprario's music for 4 or 5 viols, and also his dance music, such as "Gray's Inn," or "Coprario," as it was popularly known.
Professor Brent Wissick, of the University of North Carolina, will open the Saturday session, with a lecture demo summarizing material from his article on the Coprario six-part music which was recently published in the VdGSA Journal. Brent, David Morris and Parthenia will perform selections to highlight Brent's talk.
Our workshop will be held in the beautiful modern facilities of Opera America's National Opera Center on 7th Avenue at 28th Street in Manhattan. Parking is available in garages in the area.

                          Registration for this workshop is closed