Saturday, November 17, 2012
(The Politics of Music)
A Concert in Honor of an Election Year
Mass Praise him praiseworthy—Robert Alwood (c.1510-1560)
Motets by Isaac, Vaet, Morales & more
Saturday March 9, 2013
The Flower of Spain
The Music of Francisco Guerrero
Missa Surge propera & Motets
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Heinrich Schütz (1585 – 1672) Op.7, SWV279-281 & German motets
All Concerts 8:00 PM
The Church of St. Ignatius of Antioch,
552 West End Ave (entrance on W. 87th Street)
New York, NY 10024
Pre-concert lectures 7:00 PM
Tickets: $25 General Admission
$15 Students, Seniors & EMA Members
Polyhymnia is supported, in part, by public funds from theNew York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
In honor of the election year we will visit the opulent court chapels of Renaissance Europe presenting extraordinary music, composed by Europe’s foremost composers, for such politically charged events as: The Treaty of Nice, The State Funeral for Anne of Brittany, The Field of the Cloth of Gold, and not one but two Coronations – those of Holy Roman Emperors Maximilian I and Maximilian II. All performed along with a mass setting from Tudor England containing a secret message for Henry VIII. .
Guerrero, the quintessential Spanish Renaissance composer musically embodies the essence of Iberian spirituality with his dark-hued elegantly wrought polyphony. He wrote only one mass for six voices, the sensuous Missa Surge propera. Join us as we perform this magnificent mass ordinary in a liturgical reconstruction, with motets and Gregorian Chant from Spanish sources, rediscovering a glorious musical and liturgical tradition as it might have been heard within the walls of Seville’s splendid cathedral.
Composed during 1635-1636, Heinrich Schütz’ rich and solemn Musikalische Exequien was commissioned for the funeral services of Henry II Reuss, Count of Gera, who died on December 3, 1635. It is believed that Count Henry, at his own request, heard at least some of the work on several occasions as a preview of his own exequies.
Polyhymnia is made possible by the New York State
Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.