Theatrum Musicum


THEATRVM MVSICVM focuses its musical research and performance on music of the 16th and early 17th centuries. We draw the inspriration for our programs from the printed books and manuscript collections of the time, creating all of our own performing editions. A listing of some of our past programs follows.

"Love Conquers Death" Sacred and Playful Music from the Renaissance, Baroque, and Beyond (with
Theatrum Musicum, Gioia Ensemble, and Friends
"Love in the Ayre": Renaissance lovesongs from Italy, France, and England An evening of great Renaissance lovesongs: Wise and otherwise, requited and un-, bawdy and refined out of the finest Italian, French and English fashion.
Renaissance dance music from the finest courts and alleys of old Milan, Paris & London. A selection of 16th and 17h cnetury music for mixed ensembles of lute, guitar, cittern, mandore, and flute.
The Lute and its Circle, Milan 1546 Solos and dances from northern Italy plus madrigals (in lutesong format) by Arcadelt and Verdelot.
Paris : 1570 :
Lute, &c.
A collection of instrumental works for lute, guitar, and cittern from the printed books and manuscripts from the third quarter of 16th century France.
Viol & Lute:
Renaissance Music by Johnson, Hume, Ortiz, and others
A look at the instrumental music for lute and viol from the courts of England and Spain.

The Queene’s Musicke: Elizabethan works for small consort

English solos, duets, and trios taken from the Matthew Holmes manuscripts at Cambridge (c.1580), adapted for small, mixed consort of lute, viol, and cittern. Works by Richard Reade, Matthew Holmes, Anthony Holborne, Thomas Morley, and the Queen's lutenist, John Johnson.
Venice, 1503: Music from the first books Vocal and instrumental works from the earliest printed music books, including works from Petrucci's Odhecaton and Spinacino's and Dalza's lute books.
Masters of the 15th century: Guillaume Dufay, Walter Frye, Hayne van Ghizeghem Vocal works and lute solos and duets created from extant vocal sources.
"Tops of the Pops" from the 1550's and 60's Songs by Crequillon, de Rore and Lasso set for lute with other cheerful tunes and dances.
The Hidden Pearl: Invisible Beginnings of the Baroque Chansons & contrapunti from the later 16th century: de Rore, Lassus and others.



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