Intabulations of vocal music for keyboard instruments or lute was a widespread practice in the 16th-17th century Europe. It was a process of arranging during which musicians spontaneously improvised various passages and diminutions on their instruments while retaining the harmonies of the original piece. This way vocal music would gain real instrumental character. In this concert, Ausra and I performed intabulations of motets from Florilegium Portense collection for organ duet as well as other contemporary music from the time.
Florilegium Portense - a two-part collection of motets, printed in Leipzig (1618 and 1621). It was published during the 30 Years War (1618-1648) which with some exceptions practically divided Europe into the protestant North and catholic South.
On the program - music by Hans Leo Hassler, Johann Adam Reincken, Heinrich Scheidemann and Hieronymus Praetorius.
Here's what you'll hear in the video below:
Hans Leo Hassler (1564-1612) Laudate Dominum (organ duet)
Johann Adam Reincken (1623?-1722) Choral Fantasia An Wasserflüssen Babylon (Ausra)
H.L. Hassler Nona ir Decima Intrada (organ duet)
Heinrich Scheidemann (1595-1663) Verbo caro factum est (Vidas)
H. Scheidemann Dic nobis Maria (Vidas)
Hieronymus Praetorius (1560-1629) Ecce Dominus veniet (organ duet)
H.L. Hassler Tibi laus, tibi gloria (organ duet)