October 11, 2019
Conductor Brenda Bittner
Brenda Bittner has been an early music performer, conductor, and teacher in the South Bay since 1977. She has taught recorder and conducted numerous groups, including groups at Rio Hondo college, Renaissance Pleasure Faire, the Long Beach Renaissance Festival, SCRS and OCRS. She plays numerous early music instruments in addition to recorder. She was also director of Bankside Players, an amateur performing group in the South Bay.
Brenda is currently teaching the “Recorders Plus Workshop” at Manhattan Beach Parks and Recreation, and conducts the concerts given by members of the class as La Mer Consort. She plays with and is on the Board of the Los Angeles Recorder Orchestra and is a member of the American Recorder Society, and the Southern California Recorder Society.
Here is the music Brenda has selected for us.
“Gambas are welcome on anything. Singers are encouraged on the Gibbons pieces. Louds (crumhorns, shawms, brass, etc.) are encouraged on Choir I of #5 (Choir II is the echo and should be softer). Also anyone playing great bass or contrabass should print Choir 1 for #5. I will also need SATB recorders on Choir II as well as Choir I.
Instruments for the other pieces are as indicated in the Program. There are optional parts for people who play only soprano for #6 and #8. Soprano only players can enjoy listening to #7.”
Cries of London
Vive le Roy
Missa Hercules dux Ferrariae Kyrie
La Mer Consort Fantasia
8a La Mer Consort Fantasia (La Re Sol Sol) – Alto
8b La Mer Consort Fantasia (La Re Sol Sol) – Tenor 1
8c La Mer Consort Fantasia (La Re Sol Sol) – Tenor 2
8d La Mer Consort Fantasia (La Re Sol Sol) – Bassus
8e La Mer Consort Fantasia (La Re Sol Sol) – Soprano not preferred
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik–allegro
If you prefer, here is the zip file of everything: Bittner 2019