In a very special article at the request of the Süddeutsche Zeitung, Thomas Bauer published on November 1st a highly original and symbolic call to "save music (and concert life) in this so-called corona crisis"...
He alluded to the tradition which holds that the composer Pierluigi Palestrina "saved" art music in the Roman Catholic Church from ruin, during the Council of Trent (1562): at that time there were many cardinals who wanted to ban the traditional polyphony from the church services because (according to them) the religious texts could not be understood well enough by the believers, because of the complicated composition-style. Palestrina then performed his Missa Papae Marcelli in the Sistine Chapel, and the genial combination of simplicity and art in this work led them back to better insight ...
Palestrina as the saviour of music
: this idea wants to be a symbol here - this manifestation will be one continuous Hymn to music, and to the Love of music!
Work of Palestrina and his contemporaries will resonate during 24 hours in the vaults of the Augsburg Cathedral, and via streaming, the audiences (evening) will be able to experience it from their living room...
The link to follow the streaming is:
One must register with Email address and a password (it is free of charge).
I myself, Sigiswald Kuijken and my wife Marleen Thiers have responded enthusiastically to Thomas' request for cooperation. In this Palestrina-feast from the Cathedral of Augsburg, with the cooperation of several German vocal ensembles, we will twice provide an instrumental intermezzo with works from Palestrina's time
- November 20th , 8:45 - 9:00 pm (evening)
Sigiswald Kuijken (violin) and Marleen Thiers (viola)
5 Fantasias à 2 by Thomas Morley (London, 1595)
- November 21st , 11:30 - 11:45 am (morning)
Sigiswald Kuijken (Viola da Gamba) and Olga Watts (harpsichord)
8 Recercadas by Diego Ortiz (Roma, 1553)
We wish you a lot of viewing and listening pleasure !