Saturday, November 17, 2012
Civilitas Musicae
(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
2011 ~ 2012 Season
Saturday March 10, 2012
The Flower of Spain
The Music of Francisco Guerrero
Missa Surge propera & Motets
Saturday, May 12, 2012
Musikalische Exequien
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
St Ignatius of Antioch
Polyhymnia is supported, in part, by public funds from the
New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership
with the City Council.
Journey with us to the courts of Renaissance Europe as we explore fantastic music
composed by Europe’s foremost composers for such events as the Coronation of
Francis I, The Field of the Cloth of Gold, The Treaty of Nice, state visits between the
House of Austria and the House of Bavaria, the Election of Holy Roman Emperor
Maximilian I, and a mass setting from Tudor England with a secret message.
Guerrero, the most Spanish of the Iberian Renaissance composers,
only composed one mass for six voices, the sensuous Missa Surge
propera. Come with us and explore this magnificent setting along with
motets and Gregorian Chant from Spanish sources as we rediscover
one of the glorious musical liturgies 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.