Upcoming Concerts

Songs and their Offspring

From the earliest improvised harmonizations around Gregorian melodies, composers and performers have taken familiar tunes as points of departure in the creation of polyphonic music. This use of tunes, sacred and secular alike, is part of the broader tradition of the reuse and “improvement” of existing musical material, a practice that has sometimes seemed at odds with the more modern idealization of individuality in artistic expression. Convivium’s program features a broad array of songs and the musical offerings inspired by them.

Saturday, February 23, 2o19  7 PM
Cambridge Friends Meeting House, Cambridge
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Sunday, February 24, 2019  4 PM
St Paul’s Church, Brookline
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Musica Nova: Music in Venice from Willaert to Monteverdi

The installation of Adrian Willaert as maestro di cappella at the Basilica of St. Mark in Venice in 1527 was one of the most consequential hirings in 16th-century European music. Alongside his efforts to revitalize musical life in the cathedral, Willaert was also a musical innovator, especially through the publication of his monumental Musica Nova, wherein he helped to establish a more direct (and, to 21st-century ears, more familiar) relationship between texts and music. After Willaert’s tenure, the positions of maestro di cappella and organist were filled by musicians still highly regarded today, especially the Gabrielis and Monteverdi. Convivium’s program explores the history of music-making in Venice from the time of Willaert’s reforms to the last gasps of the stile antico.

Saturday, June 1, 2o19  8 PM
Trinity Lutheran Church, Worcester
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Sunday, June 2, 2019  4 PM
United Parish, Brookline
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