Musical Delicacies

— Early Music Concert Series —

Photo: Our Lady before Týn.

Melodies from the Good Auld Days

Renaissance and Baroque music from various sources, adapted for lute ensemble.

Wednesday 25 November 2020 19:00 — On-line concert, Liptovský Mikuláš, Slovakia.

Part of the project Bohemian Lute Orchestra – tour 2020.

Due to epidemiological measures the public could only visit this concert on-line.
Voluntary admission (suggested 150 Kč / 90 Kč or 4.00 € / 2.25 €)


Bohemian Lute Orchestra:


Aegidius Sadeler (1570–1629), view of Prague (1606).
Stone alias “Charles” Bridge — Old Town Bridge Tower.
Anonymus Pavana La cornetta
Pierre Blondeau
Basse dance La magdalena   (P. Attaignant: Neuf basses dances, 1530)
Tourdion   [Tourdion]
Anonymus Paduana Hispanica   (CJ fol. 20v)   [Noc na Karlštejně]
Anonymus Basse dance La gatta en italien   (P. Attaignant, 1530)
Basse dance La scarpa my faict mal
Anonymus Pavane La morte de la ragione
Tielman Susato Ronde
Anonymus Branle gay Que je chatoulle ta fossette   (P. Attaignant)
Robert Ballard (ca. 1575 – ca. 1650) Bransle de Village
Anonymus (ca. 1600) Corn yards   (Rowalan ms.)
Anonymus (ca. 1600) Prenons garde mignon   (CJ fol. 5v)   [Ovčák]
John Dowland (1563 – 1626)
O Nachbar Roland
Mr. Willoughby’s Welcome Home
Anonymus Tantz   (CJ fol. 38r)
Saltarella   (CJ fol. 38r)
Coranta   (CJ fol. 38v-39r)
Coranta   (CJ fol. 39r)
John Dowland (1563 – 1626) The King of Denmark’s Galliard   (Lachrimæ or Seaven Teares, 1604)
The Earl of Essex Galliard
John Dowland (1563 – 1626) Mistress Nichols Almand   (Lachrimæ or Seaven Teares, 1604)
Mr. George Whitehead his Almand
Thoinot Arbeau (1520 – 1595) Belle qui tiens ma vie   [Pavana za deset švestkových knedlíků]
John Dowland (1563 – 1626) Now, oh now I needs must part   [Dávno, dávno, dávno vím]
Anonymus Galliarda
Die soldaten sindt aller Ehren werdt   (CJ fol. 35v)
Saltarella   (CJ fol. 20r)   [Noc na Karlštejně]
Tantz H: von Teltz   (CJ fol. 34r)

About the programme

The Bohemian Lute Orchestra performs vocal and instrumental polyphonic music of the Renaissance and Early Baroque on a variety of lutes of various sizes and with the participation of guests on other types of instruments. Some of the music was originally conceived for solo lute and has been arranged polyphonically for the needs of this concert or will be improvised over the formally simple solo composition.

Apart from pieces from the better-known printed polyphonic editions of Pierre Attaignant, Michael Praetorius and John Dowland, you will also hear arrangements of works from the Prague lute tablature Codex Jacobides. This manuscript became known to the broader Czech audience through Jiří Tichota, who mostly is known as founder of the ensemble Spirituál Kvintet but who also is an erudite musicologist in the field of Early Music, especially lute music. Thanks to him and the LP Písničky z roku raz dva (“Melodies from the Good Auld Days”) with its tasteful and witty arrangements, some of Europe’s most beautiful Renaissance songs pervaded the campfires and entered into the consciousness of whole generations. — In addition to music from the repertoire of Spirituál Kvintet, this concert features inter alia the pieces Paduana Hispanica and Saltarella, known from the 1974 historical film Noc na Karlštejně (A Night at Karlstein).


Bohemian Lute Orchestra

Early music and also lute music have experienced an unprecedented renaissance in recent decades. During the last 20 years the lute community around the world has grown by unprecedented amounts. Lute playing is taught at leading music academies, the research into the musical interpretation and the making of lutes are progressing in huge steps, hitherto unknown music sources have been discovered, — in short, the lute is experiencing a great comeback.

Photo: Bohemian Lute Orchestra.

The Lands of the Bohemian Crown experienced an outbreak of lute playing in the 17th century and took the baton of creative processing of the French lute impulse. Lute music was popular at the courts of Rudolf II in Prague and Vienna, as well as among the townspeople and at the university. Especially the High Baroque period, however, witnessed a radical flourishing of lute playing in the Bohemian Lands.

Since 2018, this precious cultural heritage is being actively nourished by the Czech Lute Society, which aims to promote the lute music and the Czech lute heritage through concerts, lectures, research, publication of editions and articles in specialist journals, and through lending music instruments and providing versatile help for prospective lutenists. The members of the society form a lute orchestra, performing under the name Bohemian Lute Orchestra. It is directed by Jan Čižmář, our leading player and lecturer at the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno.


Marta Kratochvílová

Photo: Marta Kratochvílová.

Marta Kratochvílová studied flute at the Conservatory in Pardubice and then at the Janáček Academy of Performing Arts in Brno. Subsequently, she completed studies in France at the Conservatoire National de Région de Strasbourg, where she specialized on baroque and renaissance traverse flute with Jean-François Alizon and Nancy Hadden, and on chamber music with Martin Gester and Patrick Blanc. She attended masterclasses and workshops by prominent figures such as Paul McCreesh, Barthold Kuijken, Jan Latham-Koenig and Sir Neville Marriner. In France she performed in the ensembles Le Parlement de Musique, Le Masque, Bohemia Duo and NotaBene. At renaissance workshops (Ferrara, Munich, Stuttgart, Basel) she performed regularly with the Consort of traverso players from Strasbourg.

She performs regularly throughout Europe, primarily in chamber projects with her artistic partners, including artists such as Christophe Coin, Jan Čižmář, Karel Fleischlinger, Joel Frederiksen, Marc Hervieux, Martin Jakubíček, Petr Kolař, Ján Krigovský, Martyna Pastuszka, Emmanuel Soulhat, Marcin Świątkiewicz, Marc Vonau, and the ensembles {oh!} Orkiestra Historyczna or Plaisirs de Musique, of which she is a founding member. She is also the artistic leader of the renaissance flute consort Tourdion.

As a teacher with many years of experience she is invited to presentations and masterclasses throughout Europe; she teaches also privately baroque and renaissance traverso playing and historical interpretation.

Marian Friedl

Photo: Marian Friedl.

Marian Friedl, musician, ethnomusicologist, pedagogue, member of several music projects of various specializations, in which he sings, plays the double bass, folk flutes, bagpipes, clarinet, small dulcimer and other instruments. He has performed on more than two dozen CDs, often with leading performers from the Czech scene and abroad. In 2014 he recorded, for example, the album NOCZ and Iva Bittová (Hevhetia), in 2016 Divé Husy with Jitka Šuranská and Martin Krajíček (nominated for the Anděl Music Award 2016) and in the same year the album Mateřština with Jiří Slavík (Anděl award 2016 in the World Music category). He embodied his personal vision of Moravian World Music in his self-conceived project Lambs and Wolves; the album of the same name won the Anděl 2017 award in the Folk category. In 2019 he released his solo album Beskydská Odysea (Indies Scope), the neo-folklore project Píseň ZEMĚ (Animal Music), and also performed as sideman on albums of the Norwegian-Czech group NOCZ and Choir (Hevhetia) and in the project Slovak Dances of the composer and conductor Peter Reiner (Naxos).

Jan Čižmář

Photo: Jan Čižmář.

Jan Čižmář is a versatile performer focusing on historical plucked instruments. He performs regularly in Europe, Asia and the USA with ensembles such as the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Capella Cracoviensis and {oh!} Orkiestra Historyczna, and under conductors such as Frans Brüggen, Christopher Hogwood, Giovanni Antonini, Yannick Nézet–Séguin and Christina Pluhar. He appears also as soloist with of baroque and renaissance repertoire, and is the artistic leader of the ensemble Plaisirs de Musique.

After graduating in guitar and musicology in his native city Brno he studied at the Royal College of Music in London, where he began playing the lute in the class of Jakob Lindberg. He continued his studies at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague with the teachers Nigel North, Joachim Held, Mike Fentross and Christina Pluhar. He was the founder and editor of the Czech guitar magazine Kytara and contributes regularly to other musical periodicals. He is also intensely involved with publishing and research activities in the field of early music.

Jan Čižmář taught lute and related instruments at the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice in Poland and at the Academy of Ancient Music of the Masaryk University in Brno; currently he is teaching at the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts (JAMU) in Brno. He regularly gives courses and masterclasses in Europe and overseas.

He appears on some dozens of CDs; his first solo CD was released in 2020 (Supraphon), dedicated to the music of Codex Jacobides.

Thank you

The concert takes place with financial support from the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic.

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