Music of Medieval Germany

The musicians of Collectio Musicorum will perform a free concert of music from medieval Germany on Friday, April 15th at 8 PM at Christ and St. Stephen's Church.

Featured will be music by several Minnersinger, including songs by the historical Tannhaueser, as well as the ballad on which Richard Wagner based his opera.  Also on the program will be music by the German nun and mystic Hildegard of Bingen, the Austrian composer known only as The Monk of Salzburg, the composer/writer/politician Oswald von Wolkenstein, and selections from the Carmina Burana manuscript.

The poems from the 13th century manuscript Carmina Burana are best known from Carl Orff's 20th century cantata.  We will perform several selections from this collection, including some that were later set to music by Orff.  The finale of the program will be the expansive sequence"Olim Sudor Herculis," a remarkably complex piece of music telling of the labors of Hercules.

The church is located at 120 West 69th Street, between Columbus Avenue and Broadway.  It is just a few blocks from the 72nd Street subway station on the B, C, 1, 2, or 3 trains.   The concert is free.


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