Athanasius Kircher "Musurgia universalis" Rome 1650

MACROCOSMOS IN MICROCOSMO

Encamonic Italian Baroque Music

from Carlo Gesualdo to Domenico Mazzocchi

OCTOBER 28, 2023, 7 PM

ST. REMBERTI KIRCHE, Friedhofstr. 10 28213 Bremen


OCTOBER 29, 2023 5 PM

ST. LAMBERTI KIRCHE, Markt 17, 26122 Oldenburg


Macrocosmos in microcosmo 

Enharmonic Italian Baroque Music from Carlo Gesualdo bto Domenico Mazzocchi



Hana Blažíková | soprano


Enharmonic Viol Consort

Christian Heim, Lea Rahel Bader, Marthe Perl,

Julia Vetö, Juliane Bruckmann 


Direction

Julius Lorscheider | Cimbalo cromatico

Bernhard Reichel | theorbo

"…so that when unusual changes are demanded of the ears, it can hardly be that the heart remains unaffected during such a change of key and does not experience violent emotions."
Athanasius Kircher, 1650


The guiding principle of Athanasius Kircher's legendary Baroque cabinet of curiosities in Rome was to "trace the idea of the universe in miniature and thus recognize oneself." The world-famous "Museo Kircheriano" included, among its self-playing statues, mermaid fins, and ancient artifacts, musical exhibits such as the cat piano and numerous music boxes.


Athanasius Kircher, one of the most famous polymaths and dragon researchers of his time, published his "Musurgia Universalis" in 1650, a treatise on Roman musical life filled with musical discussions, experiments, and curiosities. In search of the incredible "Effetti meravigliosi" of ancient music, theorists and composers debated Greek modes and developed a "polytonality," which today might be called "microtonality."


In a short time, numerous experimental instruments (lutes with three necks, harpsichords with countless keys) and wondrous compositions emerged in Rome, all of which Kircher examined in his compendium.


The innovative project by the ensemble "Musica getutscht" revives the polytonal music of Athanasius Kircher with the same spirit of experimentation. Let yourself be transported into an enharmonic cabinet of curiosities for an evening with the star soprano Hana Blazikova and many extraordinary instruments!

Cimbalo cromatico & enharmonic theorbo

Athanasius Kircher "Musurgia universalis" Rome 1650

Hana Blazikova

Hana Blažíková

Hana Blažíková was born in Prague, where she studied musicology and philosophy before earning her singing degree from the conservatory in 2002.


The soprano primarily focuses on interpreting music from the Baroque, Renaissance, and Middle Ages, quickly establishing herself as one of the world's premier voices. She now regularly collaborates with conductors such as Philippe Herreweghe, Ton Koopman, Masaaki Suzuki, as well as numerous other internationally renowned ensembles and orchestras, including Collegium Vocale Gent, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir, Bach Collegium Japan, Collegium 1704, Collegium Marianum, Musica Florea, Capella Regia, and others. She is also in demand as a soloist with modern symphony orchestras.


Over the years, she has also made a name for herself in the field of opera, particularly in historically informed performances. Her vocal and dramatic abilities have been praised by both audiences and critics. She has appeared as Susanna in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro and as Zerlina in Don Giovanni, among other roles. However, her primary focus remains on oratorio and concert repertoire, especially from the Baroque and Classical periods.


Hana Blažíková has performed at most of the renowned festivals and concert halls in Europe, the USA, Canada, and Japan, including the Prague Spring Festival, Festival Oude Muziek Utrecht, Resonanzen in Vienna, Tage Alter Musik in Regensburg, Festival de Sablé, Festival de La Chaise–Dieu, Festival de Saintes, MAfestival Bruges, and many others. Her qualities as a singer are evident in numerous award-winning CDs as well as various radio and television recordings.


Additionally, Hana Blažíková has a passion for medieval music, plays the Gothic harp, and performs as a singer with her own harp accompaniment in medieval-themed programs.

 Athanasius Kircher "Musurgia universalis" Rome 1650

Athanasius Kircher "Musurgia universalis" Rome 1650

Program



Carlo Gesualdo (1566 - 1613)

Tu m’uccidi, o crudele

Domenico Mazzocchi (1592 - 1665)

Pian piano


Domenico Mazzocchi

Misura altri

Fortuna su’l volto un crine


Domenico Mazzocchi

Oda e stupisca il Mondo

Athanasius Kircher (1602 - 1680)

Pro instrumentis Automatis

Domenico Mazzocchi

Chiudesti i lumi. Ruggiero à 5


Cherubino Waesich (1600 - 1650)

Canzona decimaquarta

Domenico Mazzocchi

Lamentum Matris Euryali

Michelangelo Rossi (1601 - 1656)

Alma afflitta, che fai?

Domenico Mazzocchi

Lagrime amare