Elizabeth Kenny (England), theorbo - Saturday, June 8, at 4:00 p.m.


ELIZABETH KENNY (England))
Theorbo (lute)
Cleveland Institute of Music, Mixon Hall
Saturday, June 8, 2018, at 4:00 p.m.


Program

Theorbo Fantasy: old and new music for the long-necked lute

Alessandro Piccinnini (1566- c. 1638)   

Toccata Cromatica
Partiti variate sopra la Folia
Ciaconna

Hieronymus Kapsberger  (c.1580-1651)   

Toccata
Passacaglia
Capona
Canario
Coloscione

James Macmillan (b.1959)

Motet (from Since It Was the Day of Preparation)              

Benjamin Oliver (b.1981)

Extending from the Inside


INTERMISSON


Robert de Visée (fl late c17)   


Suite in C minor

Prelude
Les Sylvains de M Couperin
Chaconne

Nico Muhly (b.1981)   


Berceuse with seven variations (World Première) *

* Written for Elizabeth Kenny

Elizabeth Kenny performs on a theorbo by Klaus Jacobsen 1992 after Italian originals.

The use of all electronic devices in Mixon Hall is prohibited.
Photography, video or audio recording are not permitted during this concert.


Notes

Late sixteenth-century musicians and poets spent much time attemtping to re-make  contemporary culture in the image of the Ancients: the intellectual-sounding chitarrone  was one of the more unlikely fruits of this movement. But with its long second neck and eccentric tuning it soon acquired a reputation for comedy, and was nicknamed tiorba, (an old man’s hurdy gurdy),  and in England,  ”theorbo”.  Player-composers explored experimental harmonies and flowing tunes underpinned by its deep bass strings. Today’s composers are taking the instrument into new imaginative terrain, exploring its twin identities.  This programme features the world première of Nico Muhly’s Berceuse, written for Liz Kenny in November 2018.