Early Music Institute


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The Institute for Early Music on Modern Instruments offers professional string players the opportunity to study baroque and classical performance practices using their own modern instruments.  Renowned early music specialists violinist Elizabeth Field and cellist Stephanie Vial will explore the drama, passion, pathos and sheer exuberance of 17th- and 18th-century musical expressions through an investigation of:

  • Bowing Techniques
  • The Interpretation of Slur and "Staccato" Articulations
  • Applications of Vibrato and Ornamentation
  • The Principles of Phrase Structure
  • Musical Grammar and Rhetoric
  • Baroque Dance Rhythms and Gestures
The goal is to provide not merely a set of technical tools, but an instrumental vocabulary through which the language of this incredibly rich, varied and complex music can be conveyed effectively on modern instruments.  Conductors will learn to communicate these ideas to string players and will have the opportunity to work with a scholarship quartet.

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