I attended the Flying Forms Baroque Chamber Ensemble on January 30th 2011. It consisted of three musicians who were playing Baroque period instruments and music selections. These musicians are world-renown and have performed all over the world. They all come from different backgrounds of music, but all have the same love of music. They performed different styles of music including Italian and French, but also played on different instruments; those included violin, harpsichord, cello and viola da gamba.
Flying Forms was founded by Marc Levine (violin) and Tami Morse (harpsichord), but at this performance at Concordia, they had a guest musician, Tulio Rondon (cello and viola da gamba).
Flying Forms has collaborated with a variety of programs including musicologists, baroque dancers and other musicians. In this season they are performing at many venues including Southampton Cultural Center in New York, Islip Arts Council and the Schubert Club. They received an Arts Learning grant which allows them to present lectures, recitals, hands-on workshops, and provide opportunities for students from sever Minnesota high schools and the St. Paul Conservatory of Music to perform alongside them.
I can sort of connect this experience to my own experience in musical groups. From 7th grade to 12th grade I played the bassoon, but I also played the clarinet, recorder, and harmonica for short amounts of time. In that time, I learned a lot about music, the styles, periods, conventions, rhythms, dynamic etc. So it was great to read the program and understand all of the terms in it.
Music is an education all by itself; one can learn a lot just by listening. Music is an incredible thing. It can tell stories sometimes better than words can. However, what I find fascinating is the emotion that can be heard and felt through motion. It's incredible to be able to hear anger, joy or sadness.
This experience was very intriguing for me. In high school I enjoyed being in band and orchestra but never really had true passion for it. So watching musicians like these people is incredible to me. You can see the passion in the way they play, and see how the music speaks to them. I was never one to move a lot while I was performing, but that probably in part because I had a reed in my mouth, but I always enjoy watching musicians move while they play because I can see that they are enjoying their music, not just going through the motions. Whenever I go to concerts like this, it makes me wish that I had practiced my own instrument more, I pretty much coaster through band and orchestra, doing as little practicing as possible, but looking back, I wish I had put a bit more effort into it.
I also enjoyed listening to the different instruments they used. I had never seen a harpsichord or a viola da gamba before, so I was very interested in their sound. I know I have heard them both before, but it was neat to watch people play them.