The restored tower of Bauska Castle will feature 17th century music

The restored tower of Bauska Castle will feature 17th century music

Early Music Festival “Vivat Curlandia!” program on July 18 at 4 p.m. Bauska Castle The restored tower will feature 17th century Latvian sacred music. “Fabella Ensemble” will perform in the concert “Songs of Elger”, the organizers inform the portal “Delfi”.

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The concert, which will be the first in the restored tower of Bauska Castle, will feature artists: Agnese Pauniņa – soprano, Rūdolfs Bērtiņš – tenor, Ilze Reine – organ, Ieva Nīmane – recorder, Guntars Prānis – bass, ratalira.

The concert program is based on a unique and hitherto unknown to the audience material of Latvian music history – songs from Georg Elger’s songbook “Geistliche Catholische Gesänge” printed in 1621. It stands out as the first significant collection of Catholic melodies, which contains Gregorian psalms, ancient church hymns and litany, presumably translated and adapted by George Elger himself. Songs written by the clergyman himself will be found in the book and will be heard in the concert, in which the tonal verseing system is observed, echoes are used and even some Latvian folklore stylistic techniques are used, the organizers write.

The concert is intended as an exciting sound adventure, in which the listener will encounter the early Latvian language, which is still developing in the 17th century. Soloists and accompanying instruments will play ancient melodies in a flow appropriate to the era, using both general bass and improvisation elements. Explanatory comments will also permeate the program.

Tickets can be purchased at the Bauska Castle box office or “Ticket Paradise” box offices.

The organizers ask that the event be open to spectators who have been vaccinated against Covid-19 or have contracted it. Proof of this will be required before the event with a valid certificate and identity document.

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