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Концерт состоялся 4 February 2018 года

Series: Cathedral's Eve

From the Classical Antiquity to the Great Geographical Discoveries

The concert features:

Anna Toncheva (lute, lyre, cithara, wheel lyre)
Elena Borisova (organ)
Elisaveta Svetozarova (soprano, percussion)

Programme: H. Purcell, C. Gervais, G. Frescobaldi, M. Cara, G. Caccini, M. del Pifaro, C. Negri and others

Everyone knows what the lyre, the symbol of music, looks like, but few of us have listened to its voice. Tonight’s concert features two of them: an ordinary one and a wheel one. Besides we will listen to a lute, an organ and a soprano.

The Russian audience loves antique music, and this tradition dates back to Soviet times, when the legendary “Madrigal” ensemble was created. The musicians of this group combine artistic brilliance with serious scientific foundations. Anna Toncheva, the soloist of the ensemble, is not only a splendid performer and expert in medieval instruments, she also tells captivating stories about musical eras. She founded a series of musical and educational family programmes “Word, Music, Game” and other similar projects. Being a passionate collector of old instruments, she is always happy to share her treasures with the audience. She possesses a rare skill of decyphering old tablatures, that is why her repertoire contains unique pieces of music.

The concert presents melodies of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, that may seem unusual to us but are absolutely beautiful. We will also get acquainted with a rare sample of ancient Greek music and an exotic tune of Persian folk music.

From the Robertsbridge Codex (England, 14th c.)

Estampie I

Σείκιλος έζησε στις Τράλλεις (1-2 cc. A.D.)

Επιτάφιος του Σείκιλου

Persian folk tune (arranged by A. Toncheva)

Francesco Landini (1325-1397)

“Ecco la primavera”

Anonymous Italian author of the 14th c.


From the Robertsbridge Codex (England, 14th c.)

Estampie II

Anonymous Italian author of the 14th c.

“Lamento di Tristan. Rotta”

Andrea Gabrieli (1533-1585)

Ricercar arioso

Cesare Negri (1535-1605)

From “Le Gratie d’Amore”:

“Il Bianco Fiore”

“Laura gentile”

Stefano Landi (1587-1639)


Michael Praetorius (15711621)

La Canarie, TMA 31

Guglielmo Ebreo (Giovanni Ambrosio) da Pesaro (1420-1484)

“Petit vriens”, PnA 476

Anonymous Spanish author of the 14th c.

La Batalla

Emilio de’ Cavalieri (1550-1602)

Balletto. Corrente

(conosciuto come «Aria di Fiorenza e Sua Corrente» di Carlo Calvi)

Orazio Vecchi (1550-1605)

“So ben mi c’ha bon tempo”

Marcantonio del Pifaro (XVI в.)

La Bataglia

Marchetto Cara (1465-1525)

“Non è tempo d’aspettare”

Girolamo Frescobaldi (1583-1643)

From “Fiori musicali”:



Giulio Caccini (1551-1618)

From “Le Nuove Musiche”:

“Sfogava con le stelle”

“Amarilli, mia bella”

Anonymous French author

“Dame le demande”

Claude Gervais (1525-1583)

Branle de Bourgogne

Provençal folk song

Princes de Bretagne (“Vous qu’en main tenez…”)

[texte de Jehan Meschinot (1420-1491)]

Henry Purcell (1659-1695)

Trumpet Tune

We listened to: Cithara, Kuhn Organ, Lute, Lyre, Percussion, Voice, Wheel lyre

Tags: Eternal classics, Light music, Middle Ages, Period instruments