7 September, 5 pm
Palace of the Grand Dukes, Katedros a. 4, Vilnius
A flute monologue from antiquity to the 18th century
Dimitris Kountouras - historical flutes (Greece)
Beginning with the newly discovered ancient Greek flute of Koile (180 BC), we present a fascinating journey from the Hellenistic era up to the Baroque period, using 12 different kinds of flute: medieval, renaissance and baroque transverse flutes, recorders, gemshorn and double flutes. This musical journey takes in hymns by Mesomedes, Gregorian chants and estampies, as well as works by Guillaume de Machaut, Oswald von Wolkenstein, Jakob van Eyck, Marin Marais and Johann Joachim Quantz.
Dimitris Kontouras is a player of historical wind instruments and director of the ensemble Ex Silentio, who has studied in Greece, the Netherlands, Italy, Austria and Germany. He holds a PhD in music history and has published articles on the subjects of humanism and music. Dimitris is a specialist in Mediterranean early music and has performed together with his ensemble, as well as various others, across Europe, the Middle East and Asia.