|Elegant Concerts of Early Choral Music
2013 ~ 2014 Season
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
Tickets: $25 General Admission
$15 Students, Seniors & EMA Members
Saturday, October 12, 2013
Music of Renaissance Poland
Bartłomiej Pękiel - Missa pulcherrima ad instar Praenestini
Motets by Liban, Leopolita, Zieleński & others
Pre-Concert lecture 7 PM Dr. Szymon Paczkowski
Influenced by Flemish and Italian models, music composed by Bartłomiej Pękiel and his contemporaries dominated both secular and religious life in the epicenter of arts and culture in Renaissance Poland – the city of Krakow. Both the royal court and the ecclesiastical community of Wawel Cathedral commissioned works from these composers for their pastimes and sumptuous liturgies. Join Polyhymnia as we journey to Krakow to hear Pękiel’s lovely Missa Pulcherrima ad instar Praenestini – composed in the style of Palestrina and based on Polish carols as well as a collection of motets by Polish composers Liban, Leopolita, Zieleński and others.
Polyhymnia is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
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.
Saturday, May 17, 2014
Flowers of the Field
Music for the Hofkapelle of Maximilian II
Jacob Vaet (c. 1529-1567) Missa Ego flos campi
Motets by Vaet, Lassus & Clemens non Papa
Pre-concert lecture 7 PM Dr. Sarah Davies
Unjustly neglected by history and one of Polyhymnia’s most beloved composers, Jacob Vaet, of the same generation as his good friend Orlande de Lassus, spent his entire professional life as Kapellmeister to Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian II. He was influenced most strongly by Nicolas Gombert, whose style of pervasive imitation and elegant use of cross relations can be seen in most of Vaet's music and that by his friend and teacher Clemens non Papa. His six-voice Missa Ego flos campi, composed on Clemens non Papa's remarkable motet was one of the first original music editions created especially for Polyhymnia. Travel with us along the streets of 16th-century Vienna as we take a fresh look at Vaet and his glorious musical legacy.
Saturday March 1, 2014
Hymns & Responds for the Sarum Rite
Music for the Divine Office by, Taverner, Tallis & Sheppard
Pre-concert lecture 7 PM Mr. Emerson Morgan
The music of the English Tudor composers is among most striking and beautiful in the vast body of Renaissance musical repertoire. Unique to Tudor music is the Respond. The Respond, composed not for the Mass but for the Divine Office, emerged as a powerful expression of devotion and liturgical celebration. Interspersed with florid plainsong, the Respond was sung after the reading of Holy Scripture, and the settings were varied as the feast days for which they were composed. Equally elegant is the body of office hymns which alternate chant with glorious polyphony. Join us as we step behind the choir screens of the great English cathedrals to experience the mystery and devotion of the religious communities during the reigns of Henry VIII and Mary I.