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Žak Ozmo director, archlute
Emily Baines recorders
Jim O'Toole violin
Alexandria Lawrence viola
Natasha Kraemer cello
Jean Kelly early and traditional harps
David Gordon harpsichord

Athanasius Kircher (1602–1680) was a 17th-century German Jesuit polymath who published over 40 works on subjects ranging from music to Egyptology. He also used alchemy and mathematics to explain such musical phenomena as the cure of Saul’s melancholy by David’s harp, the cure of the tarantula’s bite, the harmonic organisation of the human body and the power of birdsong.
This innovative and entertaining programme will illustrate the most memorable chapters from nine books of Kircher’s masterpiece through music by Kircher, Biber, Vivaldi, Rameau, and Handel (among others), with improvisatory dance music (including tarantella, of course!), traditional Hebrew songs, street songs, and much more!


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Programme

THE POWER OF MUSIC
Georg Philipp Telemann
From Orpheus:
Niais
C`est ma plus chère envie

THE ELEMENTS
Jean-Féry Rebel
From Les Élémens:
La terre et l’eau
Le feu
Tambourin

THE HARMONY OF THE SPHERES
George Frideric Handel
From Ode for St. Cecilia's Day:
The soft complaining flute

BIRD SONG
Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber
From Sonata Representativa:
Nachtigal (Nightingale)
CuCu (Cuckoo)
Die Wachtel (Quail)

Jean-Philippe Rameau
From Nouvelles suites de Pièces de clavecin: Suite in G major – minor:
La poule

HEBREW SONGS
Hebrew traditional arr. Ozmo
Song of Moses
Traditional Hebrew tune from Alexandria, Egypt arr. Ozmo
Sephardic traditional arr. Ozmo
Adio Kerida

INTERVAL

MELANCHOLY
Stephen Storace
The Curfew

RAGE AND WAR
Telemann
From Orpheus:
The Furies

Andrea Falconieri
Battalla de Barabaso yerno de Satanas

THE AFFECTIONS
Claudio Monteverdi
From L'incoronazione di Poppea:
Addio Roma

THE PLANETS
Johann Heinrich Schmelzer
Balletto di 7 pianeti

THE MAGIC OF THE LYRE
Handel
From Alexander Balus, HWV 65:
Hark, hark! He strikes the golden lyre

KIRCHER AS COMPOSER
Athanasius Kircher
A paradigm of free composition in all rhythms

A REMEDY FOR A SPIDER’S BITE
collected by Kircher
Tarantella

THE POWER OF KEY AFFECTS
Johann Pachelbel
Ciaconna in F minor
Ciaconna arr. Ozmo