NOTE! This site uses cookies and similar technologies.

Like most websites, we use cookies to facilitate online booking and to ensure we give you the best possible experience on our website. If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume you're happy to receive cookies. You can learn more about changing your settings in our Privacy Policy.

Accept & close
09
September 2018
Sunday
8:00 PM
Collegiate of the Holy Cross and St Bartholomew
Plac Kościelny, Wrocław
Media vita in morte sumus / In the midst of life we are in death
Performers:

Björn Schmelzer – artistic direction

graindelavoix:
Anne-Kathryn Olsen, Carine Tinney, Albert Riera, Razek-Francois Bitar Andrés Miravete, Marius Peterson, Arnout Malfliet, Joachim Höchbauer

Programme:

I. Si dedero somnum oculis meis / If I shall give sleep to my eyes or slumber to my eyelids
Alexander Agricola Si dedero somnum oculis meis
Ludwig Senfl In pace / Si dedero
Josquin des Prés In pace in idipsum / Que vous ma dame
Alessandro Coppini Agnus Dei I from Missa 'Si dedero'

Jacob Obrecht Agnus Dei II  from Missa  'Si dedero'
Antonius Divitis Agnus Dei III from Missa 'Si dedero'
Josquin des Prés Agnus Dei I, II, III  from Missa 'Hercules dux Ferrariae'

II. Media vita in morte sumus / In the midst of life we are in death
Jacobus de Kerle Media vita in morte sumus – motet
Nicolas Gombert Media vita in morte sumus – motet
John Sheppard Media vita in morte sumus – motet
Orlando di Lasso Media vita in morte sumus – motet

graindelavoix / fot. Koen Bross

The electrifying vocal group Graindelavoix is returning to the festival. The group challenges the ideas about the aesthetics of the old ages. Its members search for sources of European music on the continent's borderlands, creating their own ‘singing philosophy’. The performance of Björn Schmelzer's ensemble is an experience to be remembered for years.

This time, graindelavoix wants to show us the practice of Renaissance composers that modern copyright specialists would be averse to. We will listen to the 15th-century motet of Alexander Agricola Si dedero somnum oculis meis. The work became so popular that as many as five Agricola’s contemporaries decided to arrange it their own ways. It was one of the most popular Renaissance pieces that later found its way into the first printed collection of music in history. To this day, almost thirty handwritten copies of this motet have been preserved. The title verse is an antiphon to the first Matutinum (Hours of Readings) of the Holy Saturday in the pre-conciliar breviary: ‘In peace, in it I will fall asleep and rest. / If I make my eyes sleep, and my eyelids dream, I will fall asleep and rest.’

Josquin des Prés used the tenor part of the song in his motet Que vous madame. Ludwig Senfl arranged his own version of In pace at the request of Martin Luther, presumably for the reformer's funeral. Alessandro Coppini knew Agricola from Florence, where they both worked. Jacob Obrecht and Antonius Divitis (who met Agricola at the court of Phillip IV the Beautiful) composed an entire setting of the mass based on his colleague’s famous work. That is why we will listen to three different settings of Agnus Dei during the concert. The author of the third version is des Prés, who dedicated his mass to the memory of Ercolé d'Este I, prince of Ferrara. The composer followed the liturgy penned by Obrecht, and Obrecht followed the motet of Agricola. So, here we have layered borrowings – and it is this tangle of mutual inspirations that the members of graindelavoix want to unravel, allowing the audience to discover the similarities and individual features of the composition. For example, des Prés showed considerable compositional skill, using the soggetto cavato technique popular in the Renaissance, that is, he built the main melodic motif of the masses with sounds whose names correspond to the vowels in the expression ‘Hercules dux Ferrariae’.

Artists from the Graindelavoix group will also introduce us to different perspectives on the very well-known antiphon from the Lenten Sunday Liturgy of the Hours: ‘We are in the midst of life in death’. First, we will hear it in the setting of Nicolas Gombert, who was recently discovered (his master was des Prés), and whose work is characterized by the lack of moments of rest in vocal parts – the voices seem to fall on each other, creating a ‘wall of sound’. The antiphon by John Sheppard is a sophisticated six-voice polyphony, a musical monument of England during the Tudor times. Orlando di Lasso, on the other hand, dramatized the meaning of the words of prayer, emphasized their message with feverish rhythm changes and exquisite counterpoint. Graindelavoix is a group that is instantly recognizable from the first sound: a harsh, rough texture of voices, stunning improvised embellishments, and ear-piercing harmonies – these are their trademarks. You must hear this ensemble live!

Tickets:
SEAT TYPE AVAILABILITY KINDS OF TICKETS PRICES
VIP Not available
  • VIP ticket
90 PLN
Normal Not available
  • Normal ticket
  • Reduced ticket
70 PLN
50 PLN
Bilety na to wydarzenie nie podlegają zwrotowi. / Tickets for this event are not refundable.
Sold Out

Similar events

01
September 2018 | Saturday
International Festival Wratislavia Cantans
Foyer of the National Forum of Music
Exhibition of drawings by Eugeniusz Geppert related to the centenary of Poland regaining its independence
 
07
September 2018 | Friday
International Festival Wratislavia Cantans
NFM, Main Hall
King Roger
Concert version
07
September 2018 | Friday
International Festival Wratislavia Cantans
Church of St Andrew the Apostle
Masters of French Baroque | Środa Śląska
Free admission
08
September 2018 | Saturday
International Festival Wratislavia Cantans
NFM, Red Hall
Histoire du soldat
Igor Stravinsky
08
September 2018 | Saturday
International Festival Wratislavia Cantans
H. Wieniawski Theatre
Masters of French Baroque | Szczawno Zdrój
 
08
September 2018 | Saturday
International Festival Wratislavia Cantans
Basilica Minor of the Visitation of the Virgin Mary
Media vita in morte sumus | Bardo
 
08
September 2018 | Saturday
International Festival Wratislavia Cantans
University Church of the Blessed Name of Jesus
Spiritual Capital of Poland
 
09
September 2018 | Sunday
International Festival Wratislavia Cantans
Oratorium Marianum
Masters of French Baroque
 
09
September 2018 | Sunday
International Festival Wratislavia Cantans
Church of the Assumption
The Dream of Scipio | Bielawa
Free admission
10
September 2018 | Monday
International Festival Wratislavia Cantans
NFM, Black Hall
Love is(n’t) in the air | A concert of MusMA
 
10
September 2018 | Monday
International Festival Wratislavia Cantans
Church of Our Lady of Częstochowa
Media vita in morte sumus | Syców
Free admission
11
September 2018 | Tuesday
International Festival Wratislavia Cantans
Collegiate of the Holy Cross and St Bartholomew
In Paradisum
 
Last tickets: 38
12
September 2018 | Wednesday
International Festival Wratislavia Cantans
White Stork Synagogue
Monteverdi – Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi
 
12
September 2018 | Wednesday
International Festival Wratislavia Cantans
Church of the Assumption
In Paradisum | Kłodzko
 
13
September 2018 | Thursday
International Festival Wratislavia Cantans
NFM, Main Hall
Madame Curie
 
13
September 2018 | Thursday
International Festival Wratislavia Cantans
Church of St John the Baptist
Monteverdi – Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi | Krotoszyn
Free admission
13
September 2018 | Thursday
International Festival Wratislavia Cantans
Church of Our Lady the Queen of Poland
The Power of Ukrainian Voices | Głogów
Free admission
14
September 2018 | Friday
International Festival Wratislavia Cantans
NFM, Main Hall
In tempore belli / At the Time of War
 
14
September 2018 | Friday
International Festival Wratislavia Cantans
Church of Saint John the Apostle and Evangelist
The Power of Ukrainian Voices | Oleśnica
Free admission
15
September 2018 | Saturday
International Festival Wratislavia Cantans
NFM, Red Hall
The Discourse on Voluntary Servitude
 
Last tickets: 23
15
September 2018 | Saturday
International Festival Wratislavia Cantans
Military Academy, Royal Hall
Battaglie, follie e addii | Legnica
 
15
September 2018 | Saturday
International Festival Wratislavia Cantans
Church of St Stanislaus, St Dorothy and St Venceslaus
The Power of Ukrainian Voices
 
16
September 2018 | Sunday
International Festival Wratislavia Cantans
Oratorium Marianum
Vaghezze e ricercari – musical treasures of Wrocław University Library
 
Last tickets: 17
16
September 2018 | Sunday
International Festival Wratislavia Cantans
NFM, Main Hall
Verdi – Requiem
 

The National Forum of Music, plac Wolności 1, 50-071 Wrocław, co-managed by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage, City of Wrocław and Lower Silesian Province, registered in Rejestr Instytucji Kultury run by the City of Wrocław as RIK 38/2014.

Patrons:

Wdrożenie e-usług w Filharmonii im. Witolda Lutosławskiego we Wrocławiu - etap 2 współfinansowany jest przez Unię Europejską ze środków Europejskiego Funduszu Rozwoju Regionalnego w ramach Regionalnego Programu Operacyjnego dla województwa dolnośląskiego na lata 2007 - 2013 oś priorytetowa 6. Wykorzystanie i promocja potencjału turystycznego o kulturalnego Dolnego Śląska (Turystyka i Kultura), działanie 6.5. Działania wspierające infrastrukturę turystyczną i kulturową.