With the voices and viols of Musica Poetica
An Wasserflussen Babylon
Ach Herr, lass deine liebe Engelein
Ein kleines Kindelein
Da mihi Domine
Kommet her zu mir alle – Matthias Weckmann
This month’s celebration of 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.