By the Waters of Babylon

By the Waters of Babylon

Join the Voices and Viols of Musica Poetica on Thursday 23 February at 1.10pm for the next free concert in the 2017 series in the tranquil setting of St Sepulchre-without-Newgate in the heart of the city of London. 

This month’s celebration of the music of the 17th century composer Franz Tunder and his contemporaries introduces some of his work for solo voices and viol consort. The music is both virtuosic and deeply prayerful, with an eye constantly on the rhetorical quality of the text – a hallmark of the Musica Poetica style – and An Wasserflüssen Babylon is an exquisite example of Tunder’s genius, weaving the familiar chorale melody with beautiful, daring chromatic harmony. 

Matthias Weckmann was a direct contemporary of Tunder. He sang as a chorister under the great Heinrich Schütz, and his writing for voices and viols echoes that of his fellows of the North German School (including Tunder): music which so influenced JS Bach a generation later.

Praised for its “constantly upbeat brilliance and dynamism”, Musica Poetica is quickly gaining a reputation for energetic and communicative interpretations of repertoire from Monteverdi to Mozart, performed on period instruments.

Originally formed as a quartet at the Royal Academy of Music in 2010, the ensemble has given concerts in settings ranging from Cadogan Hall to Upstairs at the Gatehouse, and appeared at the Brighton Early Music Festival under the 2012-13 Early Music Live! scheme.


Franz Tunder

An Wasserflussen Babylon
Ach Herr, lass deine liebe Engelein
Wachet auf
Ein kleines Kindelein
Da mihi Domine

Matthias Weckmann
Kommet her zu mir alle – Matthias Weckmann


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