Music In The Mountains

This week I’m in the far western mountains of North Carolina, on the campus of Western Carolina University, attending the Mountain Collegium Early Music and Folk Music Workshop. I have intensive classes in recorder technique, ornamenting Renaissance music, and Renaissance dance. At the end of the afternoon, my harp and I go to a folk ensemble where I am learning new tunes by ear and there are no more pesky notes to interpret.

There’s not much time between classes to get myself and my assorted instruments from one classroom to another. By the end of the day, this is what my bed looks like. (The arnica is for my ankles after the dance class.)

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I’m getting to play lots of 15th and 16th century music, learning how to play and dance Bransles, Galliards, Canaries, and Pavanes, trying my hands (and lungs) on even more obscure instruments like krumhorns and cornamuses, and spending time with folks from across the country who are even more ga-ga over Medieval and Renaissance music than I am.

I am grateful to again be at this gathering of the tribe of early musicians, grateful to again see people who are becoming old friends. And I am grateful to have another place in this world where I know I truly belong.

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      1. I will not be able to attend this year since they moved it up to the first weekend in October, sadly. I had so hoped to get to come. I am hoping next year they won’t have it that same weekend. It is such a long ways away for me to come and I want to work in a vacation with it. I teach half days on Thursday and Friday in the fall, and that particular Friday I must be there. Sure was looking forward to it, but as fast as time flies, it will be next year soon!

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      2. I a, sorry to hear that you won’t be able to come this year. I was hoping we would finally get to meet in person. Work certainly can interfere with harp fun! But you are right-the 2014 edition will be here before we know it. I hope we will see each other then.

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  1. I don’t have a clue what have the of the music, musical instruments, and dances are but I can certainly sense from your writing here how immersed you are! Congratulations! How wonderful that you know where the place is to which you truly belong! I feel that way about the lake house. Moving August 2 …

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    1. Woohoo! Glad to hear moving day is in sight. Don’t know why I love being immersed in the music of the 15th and 16th centuries, but I am grateful that I get to be there!

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