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Joel Frederiksen, Artistic Director
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Fire - Passion in English Lute Song

Fire of love and desire, fire of hate and anger….

a suggestive program of English lute songs and continuo songs on the theme of fire

This program begins in Elizabethan England with compositions born at a pinnacle in the culture of song: a period of poetic excellence and musical inventiveness that rivals any of the ages to come. John Dowland, one of the greatest lute virtuosos and composers active around 1600, created masterworks at this time such as „Flow my teares“ (or the Lachrimae) and poet/composers of the stature of Thomas Campion wrote prolifically and set their own lyrics to music. One such musical and poetic gem by Campion, „Fire, fire“, was taken up by composer Nicolas Lanier and set 20 years later in the new, very flexible continuo style of the early 1600‘s. In presenting both versions of the song, first by Campion and then by Lanier, this program highlights the dynamic changes which were taking place in England between approximately 1580 and 1630. From polyphonically conceived English Lute Songs as Dowland and Thomas Morley composed them to the continuo songs of William and Henry Lawes, Lanier, and Robert Johnson is a leap which came from the influence of the Italians. The first half of the program concerns itself with the earlier songs contrasting with instrumental pieces including virtuosic conceived pieces for the lute (broken-consort repertoire) and violin (country dances). In the second half of the concert the new continuo style is presented, broken up by lively instrumental dances with exotic titles from Courtly Masques such as „The second witches dance“ or “The Apes dance at the temple”. Strongly united around the theme of fire, this program also contrasts two very distinct but related styles from the Golden Age of Elizabethan Lute Song to the continuo age.


Joel Frederiksen – bass, lute, archlute, and musical direction
Elise Caluwaerts – soprano
Axel Wolf – lute, theorbo
Sven Schwannberger – lute, theorbo, flute
Karen Walthinsen – violine
Domen Marincic – viola da gamba
Bruno Caillat – percussion

Available as a solo program with: Joel Frederiksen – bass, lute and archlute