Keys to the Renaissance – Adrian Ling
KEYS TO THE RENAISSANCE takes twelve famous Renaissance vocal melodies or motives and reimagines them in a truncated, tonal context. Unlike in standard, homophonic chorales, where there is a clearly defined hierarchy of melody, accompaniment, and bass line, the motives in these chorales interweave themselves across all the voices of the ensemble. Such interlacing of music creates an exercise in listening and being sensitive to the movement in the ensemble as a whole while simultaneously exposing balance and blend concerns. The goal is that through using these chorales, ensembles will be better prepared for understanding the music they play as a series of horizontal lines woven together in a tapestry of sound while being exposed to the rich Renaissance vocal tradition that instrumentalists rarely encounter.