Baroque Week has the use of an extensive library of nearly 3000 works in both modern and facsimile editions, ranging from trios, quartets and quintets to concerti grossi, built up by former Course Director Peter Collier, and expanding yearly. A partial catalogue is available below. There will also be a computer and printer provided at the course to print suitable music that we have downloaded in advance or from your own internet searches.
For singers, we suggest you plan repertoire in advance for at least 23 sessions, using either your own music (bringing scores and instrumental parts with you) or music from the course library, so that you know what obbligato and continuo instruments you will need. Then for the other sessions see what instrumentalists are available during the week and find music to fit the grouping, being prepared to sight-read if necessary. Instrumentalists please do invite singers for sessions, rather than leaving the singers to organise instrumentalists for every session!
I have never seen such a huge, useful library
This years theme
Some of the composers you might consider exploring this year are:
Louis Grabu (fl.16651694)
Giovanni Battista Draghi (c.16401708)
Nicola Matteis (fl.16701714)
Gottfried (Godfrey) Finger (c.16551730)
Atillio Ariosti (16661729)
Johann Christoph Pepusch (16671752)
Giovanni Bononcini (16701747)
Nicola Francesco Haym (16781729)
Pietro Castrucci (16791752)
Jean-Baptiste (John) Loeillet (16801730)
George Frederic Handel (16851759)
Francesco Geminiani (16871762)
Carl Friedrich Abel (17231787)
Johann Christian Fischer (c17331800)
Johann Christian Bach (17351782)
...not to mention the English composers they influenced
However the ethos of Baroque Week remains predominantly a chamber music course, where everyone can decide for themselves what they want to do. Therefore whilst we encourage you to explore this years theme you are free to choose any baroque music, from any country, for your chamber music groups. We do ask that chamber groups for sessions 2 and 4 each day are a minimum of four people (e.g. a trio sonata; or a singer/obbligato instrument/continuo team) otherwise there may not be enough continuo players/instruments to go around.
I found the prospect of organising my own sessions overwhelming at first but soon got used to it.
Each playing room has one or more harpsichords, spinets or chamber organs. We are grateful to those who bring their own keyboard instruments and tune them daily, who get a £50 discount. The remainder belong to the tutors, or have been hired.
Jacks, Pipes and Hammers usually attend for part of the week with a wide selection of music for sale, both modern editions and facsimiles.
Library catalogueClick on one of the links below to see the relevant part of the catalogue in a new window:
New Chamber Music
Vocal MusicThe catalogue of vocal music is in preparation.