Masterclass

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After more than fourty years of experience in performing and teaching baroque, classical and pre-romantic music on period instruments and modern flute, I decided to share my knowledge about interpretation of flute music between 1700 and 1850 by way of a masterclass, especially intended for Boehm flute players.

Initially this course was focused on baroque music and early classical music, but considering the fact that most flute students are not so well aware of changes that took place in the late eighteenth century and the first half of the nineteenth century, my masterclass covers these style period as well.

My masterclass is intended to be given during two days (about 6 hours a day).

The first three to four hours consist out of a PowerPoint slide show, following these subjects:

  • History of the flute, from Renaissance instruments untill the invention of the cylindrical flute by Theobald Boehm (including some little known facts about this instrument). I play several flutes during this session.

  • Articulation, including baroque, classical and pre-romantic tonguing

  • Ornamentation: standard embellishments or essential graces, such as appoggiaturas, acciaccaturas, shakes, mordents, gruppettos, vibrato, and free ornaments

  • Performance practice: dynamics, tempi, notation, inégalité and some remarks on frequently performed pieces as the Bach sonatas, Baroque and classical concerti. A deeper background is given about changes of what musicians and composers understood about 'good taste' in their time.

Inbetween the lessons students can try out different types of flutes from my collection: Renaissance flute, early Baroque flute, late Baroque flute, classical one-keyed flute and six-keyed to eight-keyed flutes.

The remaining time of the masterclass is intended to give hints and remarks about performance to the students, who can play pieces of their own choice.

References: Conservatory Maastricht (Philippe Benoit), LUCA School of Arts (Berten D'Hollander and Philippe Benoit), Music Academy Mortsel (Stefan Ghysels and Hilde Michielsen)
Languages: English, French, German and Dutch

     
Wim Brabants studied at the Antwerp, Ghent, Brussels and The Hague Conservatories under Frans Vester, Barthold Kuijken and other teachers. He took a master’s degree for the Boehm flute and obtained first prizes for chamber music and traverso.

From 1977 to 2015 Wim Brabants has been teaching the flute and chamber music at LUCA School of Arts, campus Lemmens in Leuven.

He is the founder and artistic leader of the baroque ensembles ‘Le Plaisir des Dames’ and ‘La Fonte Barocca’ and also helms the pre-romantic ensemble ‘Quadro Viegas’ (harp, flute, violin and violoncello on period instruments).
His ensembles are invited to play numerous concerts all over Europe.

In 1992 he discovered three previously unknown sonatas for recorder and harpsichord by count Unico Wilhelm Van Wassenaer, which were edited in modern print in 1993. In 2015 an unknown flute concerto by Pierre-Gabriel Buffardin was revealed by Wim Brabants.

Since 1995 Wim Brabants has been conducting his own orchestra: Brabelio. Nearly two hundred concerts with this orchestra have since then been performed all over Belgium, the Netherlands and France.

The Belgian Early Music Community has elected Wim Brabants as artist in residence for 2016.
Audio clips (YouTube):

- G.F. Handel: Sonata in G major HWV 363b
- J.S. Bach: Sonata in G minor BWV 1020
- G.Ph. Telemann: Solo in F major TWV 41:F3
- G.Ph. Telemann: Solo in G major TWV 41:G9
- A.G. Heyse: 'Grande Sonate' in G op. 4
- G.H. Köhler: Rondo from Sonata op. 49
 
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