16 May 2015 at 8pm in An Taibhdhearc
*****Change of venue: This event will now take place in the Augustine Church on Middle Street.****
PART OF THE GALWAY EARLY MUSIC FESTIVAL 2015: “TIME”
Benjamin Bagby, voice, harp and lyre; Norbert Rodenkirchen, flute and harp
Sequentia is one of the world’s most respected and innovative ensembles for medieval music. It is a varying international group of singers and instrumentalists – united in Paris under the direction of the legendary performer and teacher Benjamin Bagby– dedicated to the performance and recording of Western European music from the period before 1300. The size and disposition of the ensemble is determined by the repertoire being performed, in this case the duo of Benjamin Bagby and Norbert Rodenkirchen. Based on meticulous and original research, intensive rehearsal and long gestation, Sequentia’s virtuosic performances are compelling, surprising in their immediacy, and strike the listener with a timeless emotional connection to our own past musical cultures.
About FRAGMENTS FOR THE END OF TIME
From the time of Christianity’s introduction into Europe until the end of the first millennium, apocalyptic images of the End of Days and the Last Judgement were widespread, both in texts and in the visual arts. These images, based largely on the Biblical Revelation of John, at times bear a remarkable similarity to the pagan Germanic descriptions of the world’s destruction during the final terrible battle (Ragnarök) between the gods (Odin, Thor, etc.) and their mortal enemies, the giants.
These disparate sources share certain characteristics: the terrifying words of female oracles; the sounding of the horn; the massing of armies from below and above; the breakdown of material reality and the final destruction of the world by fire. The instruments used in this concert include reconstructions of Germanic harps (based on 7th century instruments from Oberflacht, near Stuttgart), an early medieval triangular harp, and copies of medieval transverse flutes (including a flute made from a swan’s bone, based on an 11th century instrument unearthed near Speyer).
Duration: 75 minutes, without interval.
Ainm/Name: Fragments for the End of Time
Dataí/Dates: 16 May 2015