Early Music/ Renaissance Music
Date: January 31, 2014
Colleagues-- I am looking for advice on how one goes about programming early music. I didn't grow up singing much Palestrina, Tallis, Byrd, Monteverdi, Victoria, Gabrielli, etc... other than the one or two popular ones that always get performed. However, I do enjoy that period of music and would like to become well-versed in it. My issue is that when I look up music of Tallis for instance, I get so overwhelemed by how much music there is, and I don't mean to sound crude about this, but being new to it, it sometimes has that "it all sounds the same" quality.
What are the best ways of approaching the programming and learning aspect of this music. My thoughts are... sticking to a certain composer, going chronologically, by themes (Christmas, Lent, All Saints Day, etc...), or with this kind of music you can set it as anthems, responses, and get into the historical purpose. Again my question, what is the best way to program and simply learn music of this time period and how certain pieces relate to others? I hope this makes sense!
Thanks for your advice!