Friday, March 13, 2009

Copenhagen Renaissance Music Festival 2009

Copenhagen Renaissance Music Festival 2009 -
Mayone Celebration Week

This years festival will exclusively be dedicated to the napolitan composer Ascanio Mayone, in order to celebrate the 400 years anniversary of his last known publication with keyboard music from 1609: Secondo libro di diversi Capricci per sonare.

Some of the worlds finest specialists on Mayone and napolitan music will visit Copenhagen the first week of November 2009, during which will performed all known and preserved music by Mayone.

Harpist Mara Galassi (it), harpsichordists/organists Christopher Stembridge (uk/it) and Jean-Marc Aymes (fr) will perform the two books for keyboard and harp (1603 resp. 1609); the Danish vocal ensemble Musica Ficta will perform Mayone's only known madrigal book: Il primo libro di madrigali a cinque voci, from 1604 (world premiere); a viol consort will present the Ricercari a 3 (1606); and finally will students from the Royal Danish Academy of Music participate in a grand finale tutti concert, with some of the few known church settings from Mayone's hands (Magnificat and Vesper).

There will be held a conference on Mayone and the contemporary musical/cultural environment and context led by musicologist Dinko Fabris from Bari, Italy, and there will also be organized courses and workhops with all the soloists in collaboration with The Royal Danish Academy of Music.

Prepare for an exciting indepth week, filled with extraordinary, and to some extent totally unknown, music. Welcome to Copenhagen November 2-8 2009!