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AEM hosts the Texas Toot! – Helter Schmelzer! with Patricia Ann Neely
November 22 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm EST$25
Johann Heinrich Schmelzer (1620-1680) enjoyed an international reputation as a composer and an accomplished violinist and cornetist. Employed at the Habsburg court under Leopold I, his works were widely distributed and are preserved in manuscripts not only in Austria but in Durham, London, Kassel, Paris, Uppsala, and Kromeríž as well. He succumbed to the Vienna plague in 1680.
It is his chamber sonatas and balletti that we will explore in pieces that will challenge treble players to reach for the heights, charge us all to chase short melodic motives, and leave us all to delight in stylus phantasicus on viols. No worries about taking a helter skelter approach, we will instead adopt a reasonable pace that will focus carefully on the rich harmonies and the technical challenges associated with his style.
Open to: upper intermediate to advanced viols. Pitch: A=440.