By Vidas Pinkevicius (get free updates of new posts here)
Last week I was invited to play at the Christmas party for the staff of Vilnius diocese. The whole event took place in a Church Heritage Museum. The interesting thing about it from the organist's perspective is that it houses an elegant historical Italian organ.
I decided to play 4 pieces from Lochamer Liederbuch - a collection of German music from the 15th century (ca. 1451). It was roughly compiled at the time of Christopher Columbus - more than 500 years ago.
Enjoy the video
The 4 pieces are:
1. En avois
2. Wach auff mein hort der leucht dorther
3. Mit ganczem Willen wunsch ich dir
I chose those pieces because in about 2 weeks Ausra and I will be playing an organ recital "Maria Zart" at our church. It will be the 17th program from the cycle "7 Centuries of Organ Music".
Lochamer Liederbuch is not the oldest organ collection on our program though. It's Robertsbridge Codex from the 14th century, from the time of Boccacio and Decameron. This music is of Italian origin from Trecento period.
One of the most characteristic pieces from this manuscript is Estampie - a dance with many paralel fifths with several stanzas (puncti) each of which has two different endings (overt and clos).
I have played Estampie Retrove from this collection before. Here's the video.
It's so fascinating to hear the sounds from almost 700 years ago, from the times when the Black Death roamed Europe.
It's as close to time travel as it gets.
In fact, I liked this music so much that I decided to share with you my practice scores of this Estampie, Estampie Retrove and 4 Pieces from Lochamer Liederbuch with fingering and registration suggestions. (50 % discount is valid until January 11).
I hope you will enjoy practicing those gems of earliest surviving organ music as much as I did.
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Drs. Vidas Pinkevicius and Ausra Motuzaite-Pinkeviciene
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