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September 2018
12:00 PM
Oratorium Marianum
plac Uniwersytecki 1, Wrocław
Vaghezze e ricercari – musical treasures of Wrocław University Library

Ensemble Imaginarium:
Enrico Onofri – violin, music direction
Luca Guglielmi – harpsichord
Simone Vallerotonda – archlute


Giovanni Bassano Ricercata seconda from Ricercate, passaggi et cadentie (Venice 1585; Breslau manucript version)
Giulio Mussi da Lodi La Spelada – canzona from Il primo libro delle canzoni op. 5 (Venice 1620)
Biagio Marini La Orlandina – symphony, La Gardana – symphony and La Caotorta – galiard from Affetti musicali op. 1 (Venice 1617)
Giovanni Bassano Ricercata terza from Ricercate, passaggi et cadentie (Venice 1585; Breslau manuscript version)
Bartolomé de Selma y Salaverde Canzon terza from Canzoni, Fantasie et Correnti (Venice 1638)
Giovanni Battista Fontana Sonata terza from Sonate a 1, 2, 3 (Venice 1641)
Stephen Nau Fantasia 7, Fantasia 6 (Breslau manuscript, Mus. MS 114)
Dario Castello Sonata prima from Sonate concertate in stil moderno (Venice 1640)
Stephen Nau Ballet Mercury and Berg[a]masca [von] Nürrnberg bekommen (Breslau manuscript, Mus. MS 114)
Giovanni Legrenzi La Colloreta – sonata from Sonate a due e tre (Venice 1655)
Stephen Nau Fantasia 47 (Breslau manuscript, Mus. MS 114)
Biagio Marini Sonata variata from Sonate, symphonie, canzoni (…) op. 8 (Venice 1629)
Francesco Rognoni Vestiva i colli del Palest[r]ina – Modo di passeggiar con diverse inventioni non regolate al canto z Selva de varii passaggi (…) (Milan 1620; Breslau manuscript version)

Enrico Onofri / fot. Maria Svarbova

The violin wizard Enrico Onofri returns to  Wratislavia Cantans, and he won the audience's hearts three years ago. Also this time, he will perform with his Imaginarium Ensemble, whose members are experts in the field of Italian Baroque music. The group will allow us to take a look at the life of a Wrocław violinist in the 17th century – we listen to hear sworks that were popular at that time, we will see what virtuosity and improvisation skills were required of the soloists.

The artistic director of the festival, Giovanni Antonini, is very keen to present compositions from the unique collections of the Wrocław University Library each year. This time, the main theme of the concert will be the so-called manuscript from Breslau – research on it has recently electrified the world of early music. The history of music manuscripts from the Wrocław library is as complicated as the history of Poland and Europe, especially in the 20th century. The title of the concert refers to the treasures of the University Library ‘On the Sand’, which took over the collections (including manuscripts and historical prints) of the pre-war Staats-und Universitätsbibliothek. However, the manuscript from Breslau is not to be found in the ‘On the Sand’ Library. Priceless collections due to the threat of allied air raids were from 1942 evacuated to provincial libraries all over Lower Silesia. After the war, the collection, known under the catalogue number Slg Bohn Mus. ms. 114, was found by the Red Army and taken to Moscow, and from there to the library in East Berlin, and it is still today in the already united Berlin. However, all this happened in secret: because of the political turmoil of the Cold War, finding collections from Wrocław remained a secret, so until the year 1990, the treasures of Baroque music were considered lost forever. In the manuscript Slg Bohn Mus. ms. 114, we find all the important musical genres that violinists could turn their attention to in the 17th century: dances, variations, sonataa, canzonas and, above all, forty six musically rich works called ricercar, fantasy, and toccata. This gives a much fuller picture of the professional practice of violinists than the well-known old prints suggest, hence the special value of the Wroclaw collections. They are like a private anthology of music rewritten hurriedly (as the graphologists argue) from the then widely circulated Italian publications and manuscripts from Germany and Italy.

The composition of France’s Stephen Nau is the most ingenious of many fantasies in the collection. The Italian Biagio Marini, one of the first professional violin virtuosos, lived for many years in Germany, so it is no wonder that his works could be heard in Wrocław. The work of the Spanish bassoonist Bartolomé de Selma y Salaverde is known only from one preserved book, but we know about his connections with the Polish-Swedish court of the Vasa family. Dario Castello, from a Venetian musical dynasty, may seem the most known to us today. He was also popular during his lifetime thanks to technically demanding, but hugely fascinating sonatas, at that time already published across Europe. Today, we can again enjoy this multicultural heritage in Wrocław. Enthusiastic  artists and musicologists have extracted valuable compositions not so much from the library dust as from the political and historical layers of the past. We invite you to a concert of delightful Baroque music, which – as it was centuries ago – brings together people of different nationalities.

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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.


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.