Ta fin est mon commencement: Composing in Italy in the Late Fourteenth Century
Pedro Memelsdorff (Schola Cantorum Basel)
Friday, February 21, 2014, 10am-1pm
Musicology Seminar Room, 808 Commonwealth Ave, Boston University
This talk explores anew the contrapuntal handicraft, literary background and semiotic implications of works by Johannes Ciconia and Matteo da Perugia.
A music director, a recorder player and a medievalist in musicology, Pedro Memelsdorff was born in Argentina in 1959 and has been living in Europe since 1977. As a musician, he has been a member of Jordi Savall’s Hesperion XXI since 1981 and of the duo Pedro Memelsdorff-Andreas Staier since 1984. In 1987 he founded – and ever since directs – the ensemble Mala Punica, specialized in late medieval polyphony, with which he has performed over four hundred concerts in the major early-music venues in Europe and America and published 8 CDs that have received over forty international awards. As a musicologist, Memelsdorff regularly publishes in the specialized press (Studi Musicali, Acta Musicologica, Recercare, Plainsong & Medieval Music, Brepols, LIM, Galluzzo). At present he is preparing a monograph on the Codex Faenza 117 for Brepols. He is Director of the Schola Cantorum in Basel.
Thursday, October 24
principal cellist, Handel & Haydn Society
“Shake It: 500 Years of Vibrato in String Playing”
Master Class, 3:45-5:00
Marshall Room, 2nd Floor
College of Fine Arts
855 Commonwealth Avenue
This class is for players of modern or early string instruments. Interested students should write to Scott Metcalfe, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Israeli-born cellist Guy Fishman is active as a concerto soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, and orchestral player. He was recently appointed Principal Cellist of Boston’s Handel & Haydn Society, with which he made his Symphony Hall solo debut in 2005. Mr. Fishman is in demand as an early music specialist in the United States and Europe, performing in recital and with Boston Baroque, Apollo’s Fire, Emmanuel Music, the Boston Museum Trio, Arcadia Players, and El Mundo. He performs on standard cello with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, The Mark Morris Dance Group, the Albany Symphony Orchestra, the Colorado Music Festival, and the Springfield Symphony, where he has been guest principal cellist. He has performed in recital with Dawn Upshaw, Gilbert Kalish, Eliot Fisk, Daniel Stepner, Lara St. John, Richard Egarr, and Mark Peskanov, and has toured and recorded with pop artist Natalie Merchant.
Guy Fishman has performed in chamber music recitals in Boston’s Jordan Hall and Sanders Theater, and Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, and BargeMusic in New York. He has appeared at the Tanglewood, Kneisel Hall, Chautauqua, Aston Magna, Connecticut Early Music, and Musicorda festivals. He was a member of the New Fromm Players at Tanglewood, principal cellist of the New York String Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, and has performed in fringe recitals at the Boston Early Music Festival. He has also appeared on NPR broadcasts. His playing has been praised as “plangent” by the Boston Globe, “electrifying” by The New York Times, and “beautiful….noble” by the Boston Herald. A critic for the Boston Musical Intelligencer, listening to Guy’s recent performance of Haydn’s C-major concerto, related that he “…heard greater depth in this work than I have in quite some time.”
Guy Fishman is also active as an educator. He holds faculty positions at Bridgewater State University, Providence College, and Bryant University (RI). He presents lectures and masterclasses throughout the country, and maintains a private studio at his home in Arlington, MA.
Mr. Fishman started playing the cello at age 12, and at 16 began his Baccalaureate studies with David Soyer at the Manhattan School of Music. He subsequently worked with Peter Wiley, Julia Lichten, and Laurence Lesser, with whom he completed Doctoral studies at the New England Conservatory of Music. In addition, Mr. Fishman is a Fulbright Fellow, and spent his fellowship year in Amsterdam studying with the famed Dutch cellist Anner Bylsma. Mr. Fishman has recorded for the Coro, Centaur, Telarc, Titanic, and Newport Classics labels. He plays a rare cello made in Rome in 1704 by David Tecchler.
On Wednesday, October 10, Scott Metcalfe and the 13-voice ensemble Blue Heron will present a lecture-demonstration entitled “Music in 16th-century England: the Peterhouse Partbooks (c.1540).” Metcalfe will speak about the history of the partbooks, copied around 1540 for use at Canterbury Cathedral, and introduce works from the ensemble’s concert on October 11, Nicholas Ludford’s Missa Inclina cor meum and John Mason’s antiphon Ave fuit prima salus, neither of which have ever been performed in North America before. Blue Heron will provide live illustrations and perform the entire Mason antiphon.
The lecture-demonstration be in Marsh Chapel from 1:30 to 2:30 pm. This event is free and open to the public.
For more information about Blue Heron, please see their website.