Early music specialist, viol master, and conductor Jordi Savall, returns to Juilliard to lead Juilliard415 in a concert entitled Ludi Musici (The Rise of Instrumental Music in Germany) on Saturday, January 26 at 8 PM in Alice Tully Hall. The program explores the birth of the orchestra in Germany, with music for strings, winds, brass, and percussion by composers William Brade, Samuel Scheidt, Johann Hermann Schein, and Johann Rosenmüller. Mr. Savall will be joined by longtime associate, percussionist David Mayoral, who will work with students from Juilliard’s Percussion Department.
The program features Johann Hermann Schein’s Venus Kränzlein (Wittenberg, 1609); Johann Hermann Schein’s Banchetto Musicale and Suite No. 6 à 5 in A Minor (Leipzig 1617); William Brade’s Newe ausserlesene liebliche Branden, Intraden, Mascharaden, Baletten, Allmanden, Couranten, Volten, Aufzüge und frembde Tänze (Hamburg 1617); Samuel Scheidt’s Ludi Musici (Hamburg 1621); and Johann Rosenmüller’s Sinfonie & Sonate da camera (Leipzig 1654/Venice 1682).
FREE tickets to the concert will be available beginning January 11 at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard. Box Office hours are Monday through Friday from 11 AM – 6 PM. For further information, call (212) 769-7406 or go to www.juilliard.edu. (The Box Office will be closed during winter break from December 22 through January 1, and will re-open on January 2 at 11 AM.)
Jordi Savall is an exceptional figure in today’s music world. For more than thirty years, he has been devoted to the rediscovery and performance of abandoned musical treasures as a soloist and director of his three ensembles – Hespèrion XXI, La Capella Reial de Catalunya, and Le Concert des Nations - all were founded together with his wife, the late Montserrat Figueras. He brought recognition to the viola da gamba and to music that had fallen into oblivion, becoming one of the most important protectors of the early music.
Mr. Savall’s career as a concert performer, teacher, researcher, and creator of new musical and cultural projects, makes him one of the principal architects of the current revaluation of historical music. He performs more than 140 concerts a year and records. His discography includes more than 170 CDs, and his most recent work has been published under the title, L’Orchestre de Louis XV, Suites d’Orchestre, edited by his own label, Alia-Vox. He has won various “Midem Classical Awards (1999, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2010). In the 2006 Awards, his double CD, Don Quijote de la Mancha, Romances y Músicas, won him a prize in the “early music” category, and it was also selected as “2006 Record of the Year. Mr. Savall contributed to Alain Corneau’s film, Tous les Matins du Monde (winner of a César for best soundtrack album).
Jordi Savall has just been appointed “Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres” and “Chevalier dans l’Ordre national de la Legion d’Honneur” by the French Department of Culture. More recently, he has received the prize, Léonie Sonning Music 2012.
David Mayoral performs and records with numerous Spanish ensembles across many genres ranging from Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque to ethnic and fusion. Among the ensembles he appears with are L’Arpeggiata, Ensemble L’Amoroso, and his own ensemble, Transit. He has performed with Jordi Savall’s various ensembles since 2005.
Since its founding in 2009, Juilliard415, the School’s principal period-instrument ensemble, has received critical praise for its performances of both rare and canonical works of the 17th and 18th centuries. The ensemble, which takes its name from the pitch commonly accepted for the performance of Baroque music (A=415), performs a wide range of repertoire in a number of different guises. Depending on the repertoire, the ensemble performs with as few as four or five players for intimate chamber music programs, to as many as 30 for major cornerstones of the repertoire, all under the direction of distinguished resident and guest artists.
Juilliard415 maintains a rigorous and intensive performance schedule. The ensemble provides the highest level of pre-professional training and the chance for students to become acquainted with the field’s leading artists. All Historical Performance majors play in several major concert cycles each semester; during their time as members of the Juilliard415, students are exposed to diverse viewpoints, musical styles, and interpretive ideas.
Juilliard415 has performed under the direction of such distinguished musicians as William Christie, Ton Koopman, Harry Bicket (in a fully-staged production of Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea), Nicholas McGegan, Christopher Hogwood, and Monica Huggett. In April 2011, the ensemble was engaged to accompany David Daniels and Dorothea Röschmann in a concert of Handel arias and duets at Carnegie Hall. Members of Juilliard415 have twice been featured as in-studio guests on WQXR, New York Public Radio.
Touring has become an important component of Juilliard415’s profile. A recent concert tour took the ensemble to Colgate University, where Monica Huggett led a concert entitled “Music from the Time of Monteverdi.” In a collaborative concert with Juilliard Baroque, the ensemble traveled to Spain for a sold-out performance of the complete “Brandenburg” Concertos at the Auditorio Nacional in Madrid. In 2011, Juilliard415 performed Bach’s St. Matthew Passion on tour in Italy in a joint concert project with Yale University’s Institute of Sacred Music conducted by Masaaki Suzuki. This season, the ensemble teams up with Yale and Maestro Suzuki again for Bach’s B-Minor Mass, with performances slated for New York, New Haven, the Virginia Arts Festival, and on tour in Tokyo, Kyoto, Sendai, and Singapore.
During the 2012-13 school year, Juilliard415 performs Handel’s Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno with William Christie, an all-Rameau concert with Robert Mealy, and this performance of early German orchestral works with Jordi Savall at Alice Tully Hall (and at the Met Museum).
Saturday, January 26, 8 PM, Alice Tully Hall
Jordi Savall, leader/viola da gamba
David Mayoral, percussion
Ludi Musici explores the rise of instrumental music in Germany with works by William Brade, Samuel Scheidt, Johann Hermann Schein, and Johann Rosenmüller.
Johann Hermann Schein’s Venus Kränzlein (Wittenberg, 1609)
Johann Hermann Schein’s Banchetto Musicale and Suite No. 6 à 5 in A Minor (Leipzig 1617)
William Brade’s Newe ausserlesene liebliche Branden, Intraden, Mascharaden, Baletten, Allmanden, Couranten, Volten, Aufzüge und frembde Tänze (Seven Masque Dances) (Hamburg 1617)
Samuel Scheidt’s Four songs and dances from Ludi Musici (Hamburg 1621)
Johann Rosenmüller’s Sinfonie & Sonate da camera (Leipzig 1654/Venice 1682).
FREE tickets to the concert will be available beginning January 11 at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard. Box Office hours are Monday through Friday from 11 AM – 6 PM. For further information, call (212) 769-7406 or go to www.juilliard.edu