Apollo Summer Academy

Apollo Summer Academy

Summer Course in an idyllic Dutch cloister

In 2020 I’m back in Drachten (NL), where we will have our wonderful Apollo Summer Academy. Next to chamber music, tutored by the likes of Catherine Manson, Cassandra Luckhardt and Eric Hoeprich, students can also perform Beethoven’s 7th Symphony under the mesmerising direction of David Rabinovich. There are always interesting evening activities as well; last year I did a presentation about practice techniques for example.

Find out more here.

Recorder Consort: War, peace and lament

Perhaps my favourite element of the course is our Recorder Consort. This year roaring, lamenting and celebrating in colours of war and peace.

War and peace, two situations that are just as important to human history as day and night. In music, the programmatic Battaglia genre already emerged in the Renaissance. How do you imitate a war with your voice or with your instruments? We play the first ever war song by Clément Janequin.

Besides jolly and fiery music, however, also music for grief, for getting better and for peace. Because that, too, is part of the war. With Ignaz von Biber we also hear the drunken jolly soldiers, and their lament.

With Beethoven we also hear the grief of the marching soldiers. With Muffat we heal the wounds, after which we have time for remembrance: my own War Requiem. Nowadays there are still wars raging all over the world every day. The music of countries now at war comes together and speaks of hope for the future. The composition will consist of ordinary, beautifully sounding notes; no modern techniques are required.

Finally, we celebrate peace with John Lennon.

The idea for this programme was inspired by the benefit concert in which Ludwig van Beethoven premiered his seventh symphony, in honour of the soldiers who were injured during the Battle of Hanau.

La Bataille – Clément Janequin
A La Bataglia – Heinrich Isaac

Galliard Battaglia – Samuel Scheidt

Beverage and Lament
Ignaz von Biber – Battaglia a 9

Soldiers funeral march
Symphony 7, Allegretto – Ludwig von Beethoven

Convalescing for the wounded
Concerto grosso Convalescentia – Georg Muffat

War Requiem – Robert de Bree

Concerto Grosso based on John Lennon – Imagine

A new war…
La Battaglia di Legnano – Giuseppe Verdi

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