13 September, 7 pm
Evangelical Lutheran Church, Vokiečių g. 20, Vilnius
Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied
Music from Königsberg in the 16th and 17th centuries
Ilze Grēvele – soprano (Latvia)
Nora Petročenko – alto
Mikus Abaroniņš – tenor (Latvia)
Nerijus Masevičius – bass
MORGAINE (Germany, Lithuania, Italy)
- Mirjam-Luise Münzel – recorders
- Darius Stabinskas – viola da gamba
- Michele Carreca – theorbo
- Alina Rotaru – harpsichord
The cultural centre of Lithuania Minor since the 16th Century was the ducal residence of Königsberg. In the University founded by Duke Albrecht in 1544, music occupied a main educational role, and the subjects were taught by famous composers of that time, like Johannes Eccard (1553–1611), Johann Stobäus (1580–1646) and Heinrich Albert (1604–1651). Special dedication was given to the study of singing and music theory, while artistic performance was altogether encouraged. The musical activities of both the University and the Palace were closely connected. Königsberg itself engaged in a vivid cultural life with plenty of cultural societies, like the famous Kürbishütte around poet Simon Dach (1605–1659). The repertoire varied, from psalms and masses up to instrumental pieces and musical miniatures.
Ensemble Morgaine is presenting hereby their new program with music which sounded within the grand halls of Königsberg, and in the churches where Martynas Mažvydas and Jonas Bretkūnas worked.
Concert is partly financed by Lithuanian Culture Council and Ministry of Culture of Lithuania