June and August meetings are directed by chapter members here at SFRS. Any member is welcome to try their hand at it, we would love to have you bring your favorite selections to conduct. Contact Greta to volunteer!
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Glen Shannon will conduct the SFRS chapter meeting on October 16, 2019
Glen Shannon (b. 1966) is a composer and recorder enthusiast living in El Cerrito where he a member of the East Bay Recorder Society and Barbary Coast Recorder Orchestra. His love of straightforward, approachable music for the recorder has garnered him several prizes in composition contests since 1997, including the Chicago Recorder Society and the Washington, DC Recorder Society. His quartet Blockflute Adventure was a medalist in the 2008 composition competition jointly sponsored by the ARS and the then-active Amsterdam Loeki Stardust Quartet. Members of the now-disbanded Flanders Recorder Quartet, Tom Beets and Joris Van Goethem, have commissioned works from him for their advanced-level Air Force workshops in the UK and Northern Europe, and he is working on new music for them to perform on their 2020 tour as the duo FR2. He publishes his music under his own name at www.glenshannonmusic.com, and has also had works published by Moeck Verlag, PRB Productions, Loux Music Publishing Company, the European recorder magazines Recorder in the UK and Blokfluitist in the Netherlands, and the American Recorder in the US. Performances of some of his works can be found on YouTube at www.youtube.com/glenshannon.
Glen is active in the American Recorder Society as editor of the quarterly Members' Library Editions, a series introducing new recorder music to the worldwide membership, and is the new editor of the annual ARS Play-the-Recorder-Month piece that appears with the Winter edition of the American Recorder magazine.
Glen will present four selections for us to work on. Great Bass and Contrabass will add depth and richness, but aren't essential to the music. Members will be sent PDFs a week in advance of the meeting:
1 – Roland de Lassus (1532-1594) Beau le cristal – SATB 2 – Glen Shannon (b. 1959) Het Wilhelmus: Fantasia and Dutch National Anthem – SAT 3 – Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) Fugue (BWV579) SATB (GrB, CtB optional) 4 – Girolamo Frescobaldi (1583-1643) Canzona à quattro from sopra Romanesca (F 8.45c) SATB (with optional CtB)
Below is the text to the Lassus piece and Het Wilhelmus:
Beau le cristal
Beau le cristal, beau l’albâtre et l’ivoire, beau le porphire et le jaspe luisant, et beau est l’or des beaux métaux la gloire, beau le rubis aux doigts hautains duisant, beau de la terre est le fruit et plaisant, beau est le vaincre où tant d’honneur abonde, mais des vainqueurs les débats appaisant, belle la paix, seule embellit le monde.
Wilhelmus van Nassouwe ben ik, van Duitsen bloed, den vaderland getrouwe blijf ik tot in den dood. Een Prinse van Oranje ben ik, vrij onverveerd, den Koning van Hispanje heb ik altijd geëerd.
Mijn schild ende betrouwen zijt Gij, o God mijn Heer, op U zo wil ik bouwen, verlaat mij nimmermeer. Dat ik doch vroom mag blijven, uw dienaar t’aller stond, de tirannie verdrijven die mij mijn hart doorwondt.
Stanzas 1 & 6
William of Nassau,
I am of German blood, With loyalty unyielding To this, the land of mine. I am a prince, undaunted Of Orange, forever free; [To] the King of Spain, I granted A life-long loyalty.
A shield and my reliance, O God, Thou ever wert. I’ll trust unto Thy guidance, O leave me not ungirt; That I may stay a pious Servant of Thine for aye, And drive the plagues that try us And tyranny away.
Pied Piper illustration - the top of an old model Mollenhauer recorder box
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