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DANCES, DIRGES AND DEVOTIONS: OLD AND NEW MUSIC FOR EARLY INSTRUMENTS

Tuesday 15 October: 7:30pm - 9:00pm

Fitzwilliam College, Auditorium, Storey’s Way, CB3 0DG

The sounds of viols, recorders and harpsichords excited composers' imaginations during the Renaissance and Baroque, and still do today. Performing music from the 1600s to the contemporary, we show how composers continue, extend and challenge the musical legacy of the past.

Music for viols and voices has always had a close relationship with religion. Starting with purely instrumental music based upon a plainsong melody, we move on to sacred choral motets accompanied by viols, and consort songs for soloists written in mourning or praise of both religious figures and church musicians themselves. We finish by presenting recently composed pieces, for recorder quartet with harpsichord, inspired by the perennial fascinations of dance, popular styles, entertainment, exoticism and High Art.

Performed by La Dolce Gamba (viol consort), Maestral Ensemble (recorder consort), Janet Wheeler (harpsichord), Cat Groom and Ian de Massini (altos), Fitzwilliam College Choral Scholars and Francis Knights (narrator).

Programme:

In Nomine a 4 – Thomas Tallis

Two In Nomines – Roy Marks

Fantasy No. 17 – Jenkins

Vergine Saggia – Ivan Moody

Hear The Voice And Prayer Of Thy Servants – Tallis

Ye Sacred Muses – William Byrd

Verily, Verily I Say Unto You – Tallis

Praise – Carl Rütti (world premiere)

Of Beaks and Quills – Janet Wheeler

Cartoon – Peter Thorne

Harrison meets Dali – Stephen Watkins

Mountain River, Falling Leaf – Watkins

Allégresse – Jenni Pinnock

The Merry Councellor Suite – Alison Willis

Booking Information

No need to book.

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Additional Information

Age: 16+, Performance, Arrive on time, Free

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