An Ornamentation Booster with Mr. Corelli with Alison Melville
1 hour classes starts at 10:30 AM, 1:30 PM, or 7;00 PM, EDT
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Wednesday June 8, 15, 22 and 29:

1-hour classes start at 10:30 AM, 1:30 PM, or 7:00 PM, EDT


As a follow-up on ‘Accessorizing Your Adagios’ and a sonatas survey class, the focus in this 4-session course is on music by Arcangelo CORELLI, whose celebrated sonatas for violin and basso continuo were transcribed for alto recorder in the early 1700s, and for traverso in 1754.

 We’ll dig into one each of the ‘church’ and ‘chamber’ sonatas and explore various questions of technique and interpretation, with a particular focus on free ornamentation. We all know that ornamentation is a great idea, and we’d all like to raise the bar on our personal skill at it, but we often feel stuck at a certain point. In these classes we’ll broaden our creative imaginations and technical skills through practical experimentation with melodic skeletons, harmonic underpinning, ornamental gestures, examples from the 18th century, and by thinking outside the boxes we’ve packed ourselves into.


For alto recorder players at an upper intermediate level or higher.

Flutists and other treble instrumentalists who wish to explore the repertoire are welcome.

Music and mp3s of the bass lines provided.

Pitch: 440 and 415 (bass lines provided at both).


Course fee: Cad $45 or US $40

Contact Alison at and indicate which class times work for you.

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