Historical Harp Society – Conference

Morphy Hall, Mosse Humanities Building, UW Madison

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

 

Thursday, July 6

3:00 to 5:00 – Arrive
6:00 – Board meeting

Friday, July 7

9:30 – Registration

10:00 – Christa Patton: The harp in 17th-century Spanish Theatre
Written-out accompaniments such as those for guitar found in the Metodo mui facilissimo… (1626) by Luis de Briçeño, and in ms. 4278, which includes a large collection of accompaniments for harp, provide us with clues to accompaniment practices in Spain in the 17th century. Demonstrations of these accompaniments and methods for reuniting them with their missing melodies will be the topic of this lecture.

 

11:00 – Samuel Milligan: The harp of Medieval Spain
Cantigas in the not-so-rainbow court of Alfonso X
This lecture will include a discussion of Arabic influences, such as the zajal poetic form, which can be traced through the virelai and the later villancico; a discussion of Arab-Jewish-Christian relations within the court of Alfonso X (Interestingly, we don’t have a documented presence for Jewish and Moorish musicians made during Alfonso’s lifetime, only an inventory made at his death by his son, Sancho IV.); and some details about Alfonso’s personal life, his rule, forced retirement, and cancer. Yet in spite of everything, he was easily the most intelligent ruler of his day. Printed programs with translations of the texts and illustrations will be provided, including the image of two harpists from the Toledo ms., the original page for Cantiga No. 10, the Codax ms., and a bibliography.

12:00 Lunch Break

1:30 – Jennifer Sayre: Spanish Baroque harp
Obras de musica para tecla, arpa, y vihuela (1578) Compendium of music by Antonio de Cabezón (1510-1566)
Compiled by his son, Hernando de Cabezón, this posthumous collection of Antonio’s music, with a few pieces by others, is a rich trove of Spanish Renaissance music. While touching on the content of the whole volume and the notation system used therein, this presentation will focus on Antonio’s compositional techniques used in setting “Qui la dira” of Adrian Willaert as a 4-part tiento and as a 5-part canción glosado.

 

2:30 – Nicolas Carter – Paraguayan harp
The Baroque Spanish harp introduced in the Americas in the late 16th and early 17th century evolved in a unique way in Paraguay. Today, the “Paraguayan harp” is the national folk instrument of the country. The workshop introduces the instrument and the traditional style of playing, called the “Paraguayan Polca.” We will explore some easy ways to learn the syncopated rhythm that combines 3/4 and 6/8, as well as simple melodic phrases from a harp melody called “Llegada” by Felix Perez Cardozo. This is a style of music that will make you feel like dancing. Feel free to bring a recording device.

4:30 Board Meeting

6:00 Dinner Break

7:30 Historical Harp Society Concert in Morphy Hall
Nicolas Carter, Samuel Milligan, Christa Patton, Jennifer Sayre, and others
Music of Don Fernando de Huete, Lucas Ruiz de Ribayaz, Antonio de Cabezón, Cantigas de Santa Maria, Paraguayan traditional music, and more

 

Saturday, July 8

9:00 General Membership Meeting, location TBA

10:30-12:30 – Workshop with Nicolas Carter
The Baroque Spanish harp introduced in the Americas in the late 16th and early 17th century evolved in a unique way in Paraguay. Today, the “Paraguayan harp” is the national folk instrument of the country. The workshop introduces the instrument and the traditional style of playing, called the “Paraguayan Polca.” We will explore some easy ways to learn the syncopated rhythm that combines 3/4 and 6/8 and simple melodic phrase from a harp melody called “Llegada” by Felix Perez Cardozo. This is a style of music that will make you feel like dancing. Feel free to bring a recording device. http://www.madharpers.org/
$30 General Admission, $25 for HHS Members
Bashford United Methodist Church, 329 North Street, Madison WI 53704
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