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Little Missenden Festival: Phantasm - Two centuries of viol music

Tuesday October 9, 2018 at 20:00
St John the Baptist Church, Little Missenden
£22, £16, £8
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  1. In nomine a4 - Christopher Tye
  2. Sit fast (exercise in proportions) - Christopher Tye
  3. A Fancy, for 3 viols - Alfonso Ferrabosco II
  4. Kyrie eleison, from Mass for 4 voices - William Byrd
  5. Fantasia a 4 in G minor - William Byrd
  6. Fantasia a 3 - William Byrd
  7. Alman, for 4 viols - Thomas Tomkins
  8. Browning a3 - Elway Bevin
  9. Fantasia No 9 for 4 viols - Alfonso Ferrabosco II
  10. Pavan No 3 a4 - Richard Mico
  11. Fancy No 4 a4 - Richard Mico
  12. Fancy No 5 a4 - Richard Mico
  13. Sett No 3 in F major - Matthew Locke
  14. 4 Fantazias - Henry Purcell
  15. 3 Fugues, arranged from Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier K 405 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  16. The Art of Fugue BWV 1080 - Johann Sebastian Bach
    • Contrapunctus I
    • Contrapunctus II
    • Contrapunctus IX
    • Contrapunctus XI

The Tudor and Jacobean viol repertoire is one of the glories of English music. The beginning of a truly independent instrumental polyphony in England, it led to an outpouring of part-music that liberated itself from the written word – or ‘dittie’ – and gave free rein to a composer’s imagination, his ‘fancy’.

The polyphonic pearls presented in this programme range from the 16th century through to Bach. They’ll be performed in chronological order of composition, with Phantasm describing how the music evolved. We’ll hear the early composers taking fascinating contrapuntal risks that undermine conventional ideas of musical character and style. By the end we emerge into Bach’s complete mastery of fully-evolved counterpoint.

Phantasm, founded in 1994 by Laurence Dreyfus, is possibly the most exciting viol consort playing today. They’ve pioneered a radical approach to consort playing, respecting historical practice while giving approachable performances.

“The playing is quite simply divine” Gramophone

St John the Baptist Church
Little Missenden
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