Silke Gwendolyn Schulze


Medieval and Renaissance recorders, pipe and tabor, double recorder, shawm, dulcian

In this course we will focus on wind instruments that have been played in the medieval and renaissance era, like recorders, pipe and tabor and double recorder, as well as double reed instruments like shawm and dulcian. We will investigate which instruments were in use for which kind of repertoire, according to functions and surviving instrumental repertoire. A big part of the class will also be the adaption of vocal music. There will be room for exploring different playing techniques for the different instruments. In private lessons and class lessons we will explore the rich repertoire of medieval and renaissance minstrels: from the first testimonies of instrumental music, the 13th century estampies, to renaissance polyphony music of 15th and 16th centuries, always searching the inherent sound of our instruments. The class is open to players of medieval and Renaissance recorder, double recorder, pipe and tabor and double reed instruments (shawms, dulcians) as well as to advanced players of modern double reed instruments (basoon, oboe) or traditional music (dulzaina, tarota, gralla) that wish to get in contact with Early Music.

Level: beginners, medium, advanced. Pitch = 440 Hz

There will be a limited number of instruments (chirimías, flautas dobles, three-hole pipe) available to try and play during the course.

Silke Gwendolyn Schulze was born in a small German town on the tri-border between Germany, France and Switzerland. He studied recorder, bassoon, shawm, and three-hole flute and drum at conservatories in Bremen, Brussels, Basel, and Lyon. She has played with the ensembles Weserrenaissance, Compagnie Renaidanse, EUBO (European Union Baroque Orchestra), Cantar Lontano, La Grande Chapelle, Capella de Ministrers, Ensemble Leones and La Morra, as well as the ensembles founded by herself Quidni, Vuenv and Mandragora, in concerts and tours in Europe, South America and Japan. In addition to her passion for renaissance double reed instruments, Silke is particularly interested in medieval wind instruments such as the double flute and the three-hole flute and drum, as well as the reconstruction of a possible repertoire for them.