MUSICA GETUTSCHT–Pentimento returns to the Loring-Greenough House
April 3, 2011
Musica getutscht (literally "music Teutonicized" or "music translated into German") is the title of the earliest printed treatise on musical instruments, written by Sebastian Virdung in 1511. Pentimento traces the development of German music from the late 15th century to the end of the 16th through the lute intabulations of the great German lutenists. Beginning with the organist Conrad Paumann (whose tombstone also depicts him playing organetto, surrounded by a harp, lute and recorder), the program will include selections from the famous "Glogauer Liederbuch" (a collection of German songs compiled about 1480) and music of organist & lutenist Arnolt Schlick. Multiple settings of some of the most famous and beautiful songs of the German Renaissance ("Elslein, leibes Elselein" and "Innsbruck, ich muss dich lassen"), and part-songs arranged for solo & lute by Hans Newsidler round out the first half of the program. Music for the wire-strung cittern opens the second half of the program, with solos, a German take on the Italian 'villanella' (peasant songs) and a group of character dances (Gypsies' Dance, Peddler's Dance, Nun's Dance & Jew's Dance"). Two elaborate settings of Cipriano da Rore's beautiful madrigal "Ancor che col partire" round out the program, on Sunday, April 3, 2011, at 3:00 p.m. at the historic Loring-Greenough House, 12 South Street, Jamaica Plain.
Afternoon tea follows the program.
The Sunday Afternoon at the ‘Greenough House series recreates the atmosphere of 18th and 19th century “musical afternoons” in the 1760 Loring-Greenough House on the first and third Sundays of each month, October through May. Tickets are available at the door: donation $15 ($10 seniors, students and JPTC members). Space is limited; reservations are suggested—call 617-524-3158 or email email@example.com.