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 10, 2012
The Flower of Spain
The Music of Francisco Guerrero
Missa Surge propera & Motets
Saturday, May 12, 2012
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 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.