The Salish Sea Early Music Festival presents a program of mostly Italian Four-Part Canzonas entitled “Shakespeare in Italy” with dulcian (baroque bassoon) player Anna Marsh, renaissance transverse flutist Jeffrey Cohan, violinist Courtney Kuroda, and violist Stephen Creswell.
The concert takes place on Sunday, March 11 at 1 p.m. at the Orcas Adventist Fellowship Church at 107 Enchanted Forest Road in Eastsound. For additional information, visit www.salishseafestival.org/orcas or call (360) 376-6683. Admission is by suggested donation: $15, $20 or $25 (a free will offering), and those 18 & under are free.
This program explores a unique language of expressive nuance from an all but forgotten musical arena, performed on the period instruments that bring this music to life, including renaissance transverse flute and dulcian, or renaissance bassoon, which vary greatly in tone and technique from instruments used just a few decades later. This quartet of flute, bassoon, violin and viola is representative of the “broken consorts”, made up of more than one family of instruments, which were once commonplace. Sixteenth-century vocal four-part songs inspired Italian composers to write these instrumental four-part canzonas, which blossomed in print and performance between 1580 and 1628. Among the composers from Shakespeare’s lifetime to be represented are Floriano Canale, Andrea Cima, Giacomo Filippo Biumi, and Fiorentio Maschera, along with Hugh Ashton and other English and French composers.