St Bride's: Music - Duo Oriana<br />Isobel Clarke – recorders<br />Douglas MacMillan – recorders

St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

Duo Oriana
Isobel Clarke – recorders
Douglas MacMillan – recorders

Friday, 21 February at 1:15pm - FREE ADMITTANCE - Retiring Collection

Duo Oriana<br />Isobel Clarke – recorders<br />Douglas MacMillan – recordersDuo Oriana<br />Isobel Clarke – recorders<br />Douglas MacMillan – recorders

William Croft

Sonata no. 2 in F for two recorders

Allegro - Adagio - Allegro

G P Telemann

Fantasia in C for solo recorder

Vivace - Adagio/Allegro - Allegro

Jean Baptiste Loeillet de Gant

Sonata no. 3 in F for two recorders

Largo - Allegro - Vivace - Giga

Joseph Bodin de Boismortier

Suite no. 6 in C for solo recorder

Prélude - Allemande - Ramage - Menuets I & II - Gaiment

Traditional, arr. Carl Dolmetsch

Heartsease

Jakob van Eyck

Variations on 'Doen Daphne d'over schoone maeght'

G P Telemann

Sonata op. 2, no. 1 in F for two recorders

Dolce - Allegro - Largo - Vivace

Duo Oriana performs music for two recorders ranging from Renaissance pieces to contemporary compositions, although the recorder music of the late Baroque masters forms the core of their programmes. 'Oriana' was a madrigal name for Queen Elizabeth I, and today's recital includes the Elizabethan melody 'Heartsease' which is called for by Peter in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. The Baroque pieces in this afternoon's programme include two works by one of the finest composers for the recorder, Georg Philipp Telemann, a suite by the French composer Boismortier, music by the Flemish Loeillet (although much of his work was published in London), and William Croft, a former organist of Westminster Abbey.

The Telemann and Boismortier pieces were originally assigned to the transverse flute, but have been transposed up a third (in accordance with eighteenth-century practice) to be played on the alto recorder. Jakob van Eyck was a blind carillon and recorder player who lived in Utrecht: his Der Fluyten Lust-Hof is a treasure-trove of 150 themes and variations for solo Handfluyt, an early type of soprano recorder.

Isobel Clarke is a recorder player and music historian, currently completing her PhD at the Royal College of Music on the recorder's practical use and social and musical status in the seventeenth century. She is active as a performer of both early and contemporary recorder repertoire, although her particular performance interest lies in the chamber music repertoire of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. As well as teaching academic music courses at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Isobel is also a Society of Recorder Players visiting conductor, and tutors recorder consort and ensemble courses at the City Lit. Institute for Adult Education.

Douglas MacMillan is a recorder player, organologist, and music historian. He studied the recorder with the Dolmetsch family, and gained the degrees of DMus (RCM), DPhil (Oxon) and PhD (Surrey) for his research into the recorder and flageolet. He has contributed extensively to scholarly literature. As a player, Douglas founded the Oriana Consort in order to perform music of the Elizabethan and Baroque periods: his main performance interest lies in music of the early eighteenth century.

Isobel and Douglas met whilst studying on the doctoral programme at the Royal College of Music and, as well as performing as Duo Oriana, they have continued to research into historical performance practice relating to the recorder.

Duo Oriana will present a programme of music for two recorders written during the Renaissance and Baroque eras. Isobel Clarke is a recorder player and music historian, currently completing her PhD at the Royal College of Music on the recorder's practical use and social and musical status in the seventeenth century. She is active as a performer of both early and contemporary recorder repertoire, although her particular performance interest lies in the chamber music repertoire of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Douglas MacMillan is a recorder player and organologist. He holds the degrees of DMus (RCM) and DPhil (Oxon) following research on the recorder and flageolet: he founded the Oriana Consort to perform music of the Elizabethan and Baroque periods.