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Final Concert of the Season

Notes - April  25, 2014Early Notation

EM/NY Artists

Catherine Hedberg, Mezzo soprano
Dongmyung Ahn
Daniel Lee

Rachael Evans
Kyle Miller

Myron Lutzke
Ezra Seltzer
Jason Priset

Christa Patton


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17th-century Chamber Ensemble
Echoes O'er the Alps

Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 7:30 PM

First Church of Christ, Scientist

In 1588, a collection of Italian madrigals was published with English words entitled "Musica Transalpina" to satisfy a new taste and voracious appetite of England's elite. This title could just as easily, or perhaps, more fittingly, be applied to the prodigious practice of Italian composer/musicians being called to foreign courts in Austria, Czech lands, Germany, and Poland.

The birth of the baroque period in Italy spawned numerous 'offspring' who migrated northward in voluminous numbers to spread the style originated by the likes of Giovanni Gabrieli and Claudio Monteverdi. Italian composers (Antonio Bertali and Giovanni Battista Buonamente, - court musicians/composers to Emperor Ferdinand II's Imperial Hapsburg Court in Vienna, Biagio Marini - occupying posts in Brussels, Belgium and Düsseldorf, Germany, Carlo Farina - working as concertmaster in Dresden with Heinrich Schütz, who interested him in composing and later became a prominent member of the electoral court orchestra in Bonn.

Marcin Mielczewski introduced this new vogue as composer/musician of the Royal Chapel in Warsaw, Poland, while German composers (Michael Praetorius, Heinrich Schütz) and Austrian composers (Ignaz Biber, Heinrich Schmelzer) took up the new Italian style with gusto to make it their own.

Continuing EM/NY's concert season of Eastern European (Polish & Czech) repertoire and influence, director Frederick Renz has unearthed programmatic instrumental pieces entitled, "Polnischer Sackpfeiffen" (Polish Bagpipes) and "Sonata Jocunda" (A Jocose Sonata), illustrating the integration of native folk tunes/dances with the prevailing Italian style.

Mezzo soprano Catherine Hedberg will sing Heinrich Schütz's "Erbarm dich" and Stanisław Sylwester Szarzyński's "Jesu spes mea" accompanied by the EM/NY string band (sextet) and its contingent of continuo players (lute/theorbo, guitar, harp accompaniment) to evoke 17th-century echoes from across the Alps.

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