Theorbo Fantasy: old and new music for the long-necked lute

27
/ Jun
Thursday
2019

Theorbo Fantasy: old and new music for the long-necked lute

Venue
SJE Arts
Start Time
07:30 pm - 09:15 pm
Tickets
£25, £20, £15, under 25s £10 reduction

In collaboration with Oxford Festival of the Arts

Elizabeth Kenny, theorbo

Programme
Alessandro Piccinnini (1566-c.1638)
Toccata Cromatica
Partiti variate sopra la Folia
Ciaconna

Hieronymus Kapsberger (c.1580-1651)
Toccata
Passacaglia
Capona
Canario
Coloscione

James Macmillan (b.1959): Motet  (from Since It Was the Day of Preparation)

Benjamin Oliver (b.1981): Extending from the Inside

INTERVAL

Robert de Visée (late C17): Suite in D minor

de Visée
Prelude
Les Sylvains de M Couperin
Chaconne

Nico Muhly (b.1981): Berceuse with seven variations (UK première)

theorbo by Klaus Jacobsen 1992 after Italian originals

Late sixteenth-century musicians and poets spent much time attemtping to re-make  contemporary culture in the image of the Ancients: the intellectual-sounding chitarrone  was one of the more unlikely fruits of this movement. But with its long second neck and eccentric tuning it soon acquired a reputation for comedy, and was nicknamed tiorba,(an old man’s hurdy gurdy),  and in England,  ‘theorbo’. Player-composers explored experimental harmonies and flowing tunes underpinned by its deep bass strings. Today’s composers are taking the instrument into new imaginative terrain, exploring its twin identities.  This programme features the UK première of Nico Muhly’s Berceuse, written for Liz Kenny in November 2018.

Elizabeth Kenny is one of Europe’s leading lutenists, her  playing described as ‘incandescent’ (Music and Vision), ‘radical’ (The Independent) and ‘indecently beautiful’ (Toronto Post). She is also Director of Performance at the University of Oxford and a Professor of Lute at the Royal Academy of Music.

Discounts available on combination tickets for 27, 29 and 30 June concerts.