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Schedules for the 2021 Season

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Małgorzata Ziemnicka, violin
Lawrence Lipnik, viola da gamba
Patricia Ann Neely, viola da gamba and violone

 

Thursday, May 20th at 1:15 pm

GEMS Midtown Concert Series

Bohemian Rhapsody - Music from the Kroměříž Archives

Guest Artists:

Vita Wallace, violin;  John Mark Rozendaal, viola da gamba; David Belkovski, harpsichord

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Some of the most popular, original and striking of all 5-part music is that of Heinrich Schmelzer, Biber, and Biber's colleague Pavel Vejvanovský. The greatest source of their works in manuscript is the remarkable collection at the seemingly obscure court of Kroměřiž in Moravia, like Salzburg the seat of a prince-archbishop. Vejvanovský, in his capacity as librarian and copyist, is largely to thank for assembling this vast corpus of music. His connections with the court of the Holy Roman Emperor in Vienna ensured both the performance of Czech music in the capital and the preservation of the works of Viennese composers — chiefly Schmelzer — that would otherwise likely be lost.

Admission: Free (donations requested; Click here to donate)

Live streamed through the Gotham Early Music Scene YouTube Channel.

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Past Events This Season

Thursday, May 6th at 7:30 pm

Whyte's Noyse: William Whyte, his Fantasies

Guest Artists:

Vita Wallace, violin; Rosamund Morley, viola da gamba; John Mark Rozendaal, viola da gamba

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William Whyte is one of the least well-known composers of anthems and consorts in Jacobean England.  He is believed to be a contemporary of Orlando Gibbons, Thomas Tomkins, Thomas Ford, Giovanni Coprario, etc. We know that he was contracted to present at Queen Elizabeth’s funeral and is mentioned by Thomas Mace in “Musick’s Monument” (1676) as a composer of “very Great Eminency, and Worth.” While it is difficult to date his compositions, current scholarship is of the belief that they may have been composed around 1620.  

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All concerts in the series will take place online, streamed from our YouTube Channel.

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Thursday, March 18th at 7:30 pm

Coprario's Music and the Italianate Englishmen II

Works of Alfonso Ferrabosco and Thomas Lupo

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Vita Wallace, violin
Carmen Johnson Pájaro, violin
John Mark Rozendaal, viola da gamba
Rosamund Morley, viola da gamba
Patricia Ann Neely, viola da gamba

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Coprario’s Music, a cohort of musicians and composers, was the resident music ensemble in the household of the Prince of Wales, Charles I (c. 1621). The members included, John Coprario, William Byrd, Orlando Gibbons, Thomas Tomkins, Thomas Lupo, Alfonso Ferrabosco II, among others. They distinguished themselves as prominent composers of consort music and were in the forefront of a movement to mold the fantasia into a genre that included all sizes of viols, a mixture of violins and viols, and at times a doubling by organ. They met on a regular basis to play each other’s compositions in a recreational setting and were sometimes joined by Charles I on the viol. There were at least two violinists believed to be in the group, Thomas Lupo among them was employed as one of the house violinists and composers.

Roger North may reflect the sentiments of group’s intentions best:
"With respect to amusement, and relief of an active mind distressed either with too much, or too little employment, nothing under the sun hath that virtue, as a solitary application to music. It is a medicine without any nausea or bitter, and taken both for pleasure and cure." – Roger North

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Thursday, February, 25 at 7:30 pm

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Coprario's Music and the Italianate Englishmen I

Works of Giovanni Coprario and Orlando Gibbons

With guests:
Rosamund Morley, viola da gamba
Vita Wallace, violin

 


All concerts in the series will take place online, streamed from our YouTube Channel.