Second instalment of Chez Schedel

We performed our second programme in the Chez Schedel project on Thursday 3 December (in King’s College Chapel, Aberdeen) and Saturday, 5 December (in Woodend Barn, Banchory), welcoming Marc Lewon (voice and lute) and Uri Smilansky (viola d’arco), along with Caroline Ritchie (viola d’arco) and Ralph Stelzenmüller (organ/harpsichord). The programme had a bit of a Christmas theme, and some audience participation: some digging in online hymn databases revealed a 19th-century English translation of Der Tag der ist so freudenreich, so we performed alternatim verses in German monophony, Latin polyphony, and instrumental settings, while the audience sang “Royal day that chasest gloom”. Marc’s beautifully-rendered Tenorlieder, especially athmospheric in the candle-lit warmth of Woodend Barn, helped expand the programme’s German content, while we continued to explore the renditions of French, English, and Italian repertoire in German manuscripts. One of my favourites is a Latin contrafact of Mille bonjours from the St-Emmeram Codex.

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