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Dionysos Now! by Tore Tom Denys

 

Worldpremiere Adriaen Willaert, Missa "Mittit ad Virginem”

Gent (B), St. Jacobskerk

Sunday 30 May 2021
20:00 (CET)

With Dionysos Now!, I wish to show that Renaissance vocal polyphony is wonderfully captivating music that deserves to be heard by a wider audience.

Dionysos Now! aims to build cathedrals out of sounds, letting you experience the music as though you were flying far above those cathedrals with a drone. The individual bricks are all there, but they seem to merge together with the whole, into the gestalt: the radiant music generates much more effervescent energy than the sum of its tones, and the music's contagious flow is sought and captured, like a surfer who seems to have found the perfect wave and seizes his chance to ride it before it again ebbs away

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The "vehicle" that we are using to try to demonstrate this wonderful phenomenon, at least to start with, is the music of the composer Adriaen Willaert from Roeselare. Much of his music has remained untouched in libraries for over 450 years. But this is undeserved. In his time, Adriaen Willaert was one of the most renowned musicians in Europe. 

He was a singer, teacher, kapellmeister, composer, and above all a humanist. He was seen as a "master" by the many composers who studied with him who in turn became stars of their own generation. 

Musicians from all over Europe came to Venice to discover the innovative elements of "musiklehre" with him and further hone their craft. Willaert would continue working as the kapellmeister of the San Marco Basilica for 35(!) years until his death.

 

Using Adriaen Willaert's music, we delve into the spirit of that time, a turbulent period that was not so different from how the times are now, constantly changing and sometimes more confrontational than we at first can or would like to believe.

 

Today, Renaissance polyphony is newer than ever, and this is what we hope to show you.

 

Tore Tom Denys

Performers

Countertenor

Tenor

Tenor

Tenor

Tenor

Bas 

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Terry Wey

Bernd Oliver Fröhlich

Jan Petryka

Julian Podger

Tore Tom Denys

Tim Scott Whiteley

Joachim Höchbauer

Programme

Adriaen Willaert, Missa “Mittit ad Virginem”

 

Dionysos Now! by Tore Tom Denys