Friday, 11 June 2010

Elin's Doctoral Concert Next Tuesday: Italian and English Music of the 16th and 17th Centuries

Elin will be giving her doctoral recital on Tuesday, June 15, 2010 at 8:30 p.m. in the Salle Claude-Champagne at the Université de Montréal. It should be an interesting musical and historical evening: the excellent musicans, soprano Hélèn Brunet, baroque flutist Boaz Berney, and harpsichordist Alexander Weimann will be particpating too. Entrance is free.

The concert's title is Three Incarnations of the viola da gamba: viola batarda, lyra viol and division viol. While the three styles are quite distinct, they are related, Elin says. They illustrate the influence of Italian musical forms on English compositions for the viola da gamba. They also show different ways to adapt polyphony to one instrument, And, finally, they play with the boundary between improvistion and composition. On the program are diminutions de Dalla Casa, Rognoni, Ferrabosco, and Ruscello del sud on the works of de Lasso, de Rore et Palestrina, recercada sobre passamezzo antiguo by Ortiz, divisions by Simpson and Whelden, and lyra viol by Hume, Jones and Ferrabosco.

She'll also be playing several times at the Montreal Baroque Festival (June 24 to 28,) including a presentation on "Baroque Music, Improvisation and the Law" at 2 p.m. on Friday June 25.

The portrait which she is using for the invitation to her concert is of an Italian musician done by Paolo Zacchia in the 16th century. Interestingly, it looks quite a bit like her partner Emmanuel Nivon, although she says that she didn't notice the resemblance until someone else (namely me) pointed it out. Their baby, due around August 15, is certainly is having a melodic pre-natal experience!

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