Resurgam Abendmusik - Over the Alps
Resurgam with the English Cornett & Sackbut Ensemble bring you this choral and instrumental extravaganza in the grand Venetian style.
**Not to be missed**
Abendmusik - Over the Alps
JOHANN ROSENMÜLLER: Vespers
SEAN DOHERTY: Hail! Gladdening Light (live premiere)
In his lifetime, Rosenmüller was considered one of Europe’s greatest and most well-travelled musicians, and a key figure in bringing Italian musical ideas to Germany. Thus his music looks both ways across the Alps: grandiloquent Venetian splendour meeting Teutonic contrapuntal discipline.
Resurgam brings the colourful and virtuosic beauty of his concerted vocal music to Ireland for the first time, with a collation of Latin psalm-concerti, each a mini-cantata. The splendidly sonorous C minor Magnificat in eight parts caps a Vespers setting in the grand Venetian style.
Sean Doherty’s new work Hail! Gladdening light forms a contrast in the centre of the programme. Sean is one of Ireland's foremost young choral composers, and this motet is an original and refreshing take on a well-known and ancient Vesper hymn. Having already been recorded virtually by the online ensemble Resurgam Connects, it now receives its first live performances.
FULL PROGRAMME DESCRIPTION:
Resurgam celebrates a composer who was, in his lifetime, considered one of Europe’s greatest musicians. For modern audiences, Johann Rosenmüller is a fascinating and important figure from the seventeenth century, and one of the most influential figures in the German sacred music tradition, linking Heinrich Schütz to JS Bach. He followed in the footsteps of Schütz by leaving his native Germany to study in Italy, and then returning there to work after holding important positions in Leipzig.
His music was ground-breaking in many respects at the time, especially in its daring use of harmony, virtuosic and specific instrumental writing, and a variation of styles within single movements. This specially-conceived programme will comprise a collation of Latin psalm-concerti, each a mini-cantata, capped with the splendidly sonorous C minor Magnificat in eight parts, making a complete Vespers setting in the grand Venetian style. It is a memorable and appealing compendium of glistening scoring, rhythmic vitality, snappy declamation and textual characterisation – both within each movement and across the collation as a whole. The generously-sized ensemble will consist of twenty-two musicians: eight singers, four upper strings, six wind players (2 cornetts, 3 sackbuts, 1 bassoon), and a full continuo section of harp, cello, violone, and organ.
This project is presented as a collaboration with partner organisations Galway 2020, Music for Galway, Galway Early Music Festival, English Cornett & Sackbut Ensemble, and Resurgam.
Galway tickets for Sunday 29th May are available through Music for Galway : https://musicforgalway.ie/event/