Grupa śpiewających ludzi stojących w okręgu
Huelgas Ensemble / fot. archiwum zespołu
Wratislavia Cantans
Extreme Harmonies – Strzegom
7:00 PM
Strzegom, Basilica Minor of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul

Solage Fumeux fume par fumée – rondeau à 3
Cipriano de Rore Calami sonum ferentes – motet à 4
Orlando di Lasso Sibylla Delphica – motet à 4, Sibylla Phrygia – motet à 4 from Prophetiae Sybillarum
Antoine Brumel Missa „Ut re mi fa sol la”: Sanctus i Agnus Dei à 4
Luca Marenzio Solo e pensoso – madrigal à 5
Scipione Lacorcia Stravagante pensiero – madrigal à 5
Giovanni de Macque La mia doglia s'avanza – madrigal à 5
Pierre de Manchicourt Vidi speciosam – motet à 8
Giuseppe Palazzotto e Tagliavia Se parti io moro – madrigal à 5
Michelangelo Rossi Per non mi dir – madrigal à 5


Time: 70'

The project is part of the commemoration of the centenary of regaining independence and rebuilding Polish statehood



Paul Van Nevel – conductor
Huelgas Ensemble

Strzegom, Basilica Minor of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul
Jana Pawła II 10, 58-150 Strzegom

When thinking about avant-garde music, the contemporary listener will rather focus on the works of 20th-century composers. However, the previous epochs also had their experimenters, and their developments were no less radical than what was achieved after several centuries. The Huelgas Ensemble conducted by Paul Van Nevel will take the audience on a journey back in time, and it will also be a proposal to look at early music from a completely new and revealing perspective.

The concert programme features pieces by well-known and well-established artists. Often these are personalities about whom we know very little and who may remain mysterious to us forever. Such an artist is Solage, a composer and probably also a poet, representative of ars subtilior. This extravagant late medieval style was characterized by great complications in terms of harmony, rhythm and vocal range. The most famous work of this artist is the three-part rondeau Fumeux fume par fumée, an intriguing piece that is a symbol of this trend.

One of the most famous and prolific artists of the Renaissance was Orlando di Lasso. His compositional output includes many excellent, and at the same time innovative pieces. Among them, the cycle of twelve motets Prophetiae Sibyllarum is considered the most radical, two of which will be performed by the Huelgas Ensemble. The Renaissance and early Baroque eras will be presented in the works of other featured composers. Their common denominator is the phenomenon known as chromatics. The word chrōmatíkos means colourful in Greek, and in the context of music, introducing new sounds to a given scale by lowering them with flats or raising them with crosses. Such a coloured scale is surprising, introduces a sense of alienation, an element of tension, and at the same time testifies to the composer’s ingenuity. This is not, however, extravagance for the sake of extravagance, but a component that brings emotions to these works, still alive and capable of touching the hearts of the audience.

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