EUTERPE 2018: A Doublepipe School led by Callum Armstrong & Barnaby Brown
Tarquinia, Italy, 3–6 May 2018. Venue: Hotel Velcamare
 
Ur pipes by Marco Sciascia with reeds by Barnaby Brown
 
The doublepipe was the most popular musical instrument of ancient Greece and Rome. This inaugural Euterpe school, organised by the European Music Archaeology Project, is named after the Greek muse of music, the “Giver of delight”. It caters for all levels, from beginners to professionals. Beginners will make simple Sumerian “Ur” pipes to take home, which are ideal for learning circular breathing and practising quietly. Students of Louvre, Berlin, Pydna, Poseidonia or Elgin auloi must bring their own instruments. Sheet music will be provided for solo and ensemble music-making on these six varieties of doublepipe.
Repertoire will include the Athenaios paean, the Orestes chorus, Pindar’s 12th Pythian Ode (on the invention of the aulos), and exercises based on the Aristides scales and anonymous Bellermanni. The final concert will involve all participants in an ensemble composition inspired by the Pythikos nomos with five sections:
1. Apollo surveys the ground;
2. he challenges the serpent;
3. they fight and we hear the dying serpent’s hissing and teeth grinding;
4. a libation song;
5. a victory dance.
The 4-day programme includes small-group teaching, vocabelising (to-a ta-e te-o), gentle stretching to mitigate the dangers of practising, rehearsals, talks, Skype conversations (with Stefan Hagel and other experts), informal performances and collegiate conversations over meals: a wholesome programme designed to energise and equip students to develop as doublepipe players back home, supported year-round by strong connections with fellow learners. There are no masters yet!
 
 
© 2015 EMAP - European Music Archaeology Project

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