LUDI MUSICI Musical Games and Theatrical Chamber Music c. 1600 Friday, September 30, 2011 at 8pm
NIGHT VISIONS Contemporary Works with a Real-Time Music Visualization Saturday, October 22, 2011 at 8pm
SEASONS OF BEAUTY AND LOVE Sumptuous Renaissance Music for Voice and Viols Saturday, March 10, 2012 at 8
MUSICA UNIVERSALIS Musical Invention in the Age of Discovery Saturday, May 5, 2012 at 8 pm
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The Concerts (for past events this season, scroll down to the bottom of the page)
WHEN MUSIC & SWEET POETRY AGREE
with Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek, mezzo soprano
and Paul Hecht, actor
September 25, 2011 at 3 pm Haverford College, Haverford, PA
PARTHENIA and guests explore the artistic mix of new music, old
instruments and visual design projection in a contemporary concert
Saturday, October 22, 2011 at 8pm Picture Ray Studios 245 West 18th Street (between 7th and 8th Avenues)
The ground bass theme known as "La Follia" (literally “the madness”) has captured the imagination of more than 150 composers over the past 330 years. Its short and seductive tune invites for a wide range of improvised variations, and Vivaldi, Corelli, Rachmaninoff, Vangelis, and Marin Marais are among those who wrote intriguing variations on the "Follia" as the form spread throughout most of Europe and beyond.
The follia’s broad geographic reach will be demonstrated at Jordi Savall’s upcoming concert at The Morgan Library, called Folias & Variations, a diverse program celebrating music of the 13th through 17th centuries, featuring works from England, France, Spain, Sarajevo, Afghanistan, Catalonia, and Brittany. Picking up where The Morgan program leaves off, Parthenia will premiere Richard Einhorn’s 2011 follia set for quartet of viols, rooted in the bravura late 16-17th century traditions of the Italian baroque, but American contemporary in its rhythms, modulations, and playfulness.
Parthenia will also present recent works by Max Lifchitz, Eleonor Sandresky, Nicholas Patterson, as well as a new real-time music visualization by Andrew Lucia and Wendy Steiner in collaboration with composer Frances White, in which a five visual images created from the performers’ separately tracked live performance will evolve as the piece is played, to form a single projected visual.
MUSICA UNIVERSALIS Musical Invention in the Age of Discovery
PARTHENIA with Sarah Cunningham, viol
The program will feature repertoire from the late 15th and 16th centuries, including Thomas Stoltzer’s Octo tonorum melodiae, 8 transporting, abstract fantasias in five parts, each one on a different church mode - tuneful melodies woven into counterpoint. There is no earlier example in music of such a cycle of instrumental pieces.
Also works in 3, 4 and 5 parts by Isaac, Senfl, Robert Parsons (the flashy Fantasia De la Court) and William Byrd's Browning.
Saturday, May 5, 2012 at 8 pm Picture Ray Studio 245 West 18th Street (between 7th and 8th Avenues) Manhattan
All tickets ~ $35
The journals of Leonardo da Vinci are a testament to his wide-ranging and creative mind. In them we can see the diverse machines he imagined and designed - airplanes, helicopters, irrigation devices, musical instruments, a bridge across the Bosphorus, weapons and war machines - wild but mostly unrealized inventions which have earned him a reputation as the quintessential Renaissance man. Leonardo’s work emerged from the humanist spirit that was in the air in 15th and 16th century Europe, when the known world was rapidly expanding and people felt personally empowered to think freely and try new things. The revolutions begun by the invention of the printing press had a parallel in music with the books of Petrucci published in Venice from 1501, and composers experimented with new ways of writing polyphonic music, without reference to the chant melodies heard in church. Our program will explore this spirit of invention, presenting sacred and secular music by composers who played with compositional tricks both hidden and explicit to create music whose beauty is easily expressed by the sublime sound of a consort of viols.