Tuuli Lindeberg and Anna-Maaria Oramo. Photos: Heikki Tuuli and Ville Paul Paasimaa.
Fri 30.11.2018 07.00 pm The House of Nobility, Helsinki
The Residency Series at the House of Nobility
Sat 1.12.2018 06.00 pm Tampere Hall, Tampere

The joy, miracle and magic of birth

Advent music from different centuries

Music from medieval collections & Praetorius–Franck–Rosenmüller–Tunder–Bovicelli–Merulo–Viadana–Scarlatti

Tuuli Lindeberg, soprano
Anna-Maaria Oramo, clavicymbalum, harpsichord and musical direction
FiBO Players


FiBO’s Christmas season begins with a collection of Advent music, arranged by Anna-Maaria Oramo and Tuuli Lindeberg. The concert takes place in a concert hall instead of in a church. Throughout the history of human kind, winter solstice has been a celebration of light and family relations, a festivity bringing hope for the spring and an easier livelihood. It was linked to Christianity and the birth of Christ at a very early stage. Advent, the time of expecting the light, later became a beloved topic in art outlining the Western church year, and has remained so throughout centuries.

In medieval music, Christianity and symbolism drawing from nature combine, and Virgin Mary is often depicted with a rose and a star. There is no rose of such virtue is sung in the early 15th century Christmas songs in the Trinity collection from Cambridge. The word virtue is easily understood in only its primary meaning, but its etymology also refers to e.g. the healing power of plants. Starting in the early Middle Ages, Mary was called Stella maris, the Star of the Sea, which makes one think of a night sky compass guiding the seafarer. The medieval music played in the concert originates from different sources around Europe. The symbolic allegories related to Mary still strongly attract the contemporary audience.

In late Renaissance and Baroque music, the focus shifted to more concrete symbols of Advent that were more outspoken in their proclamation of the Christian core themes, such as birth, angels and the characters Jesus and Mary. Music from the Brigittine monastery in Naantali represents our own musical treasure. We will hear music from the Cantus sororum used in monastery services, and from the Piae Cantiones collection, made famous by travelling school boys.

The works of Michael Praetorius (1571–1621) and Franz Tunder (1614–1667) celebrate the birth of a child, and in Giovanni Battista Bovicelli’s (1550–1594) and Ludovico Viadana’s (1560–1627) music the angels and shepherds play a central role in conveying the message of light. Alessandro Scarlatti’s (1660–1725) Advent cantata Cantata pastorale per la Nascita di Nostro Signore, seldom performed in Finland, concludes the concert. The program is beautifully framed by gorgeous instrumental pieces.

Duration: 1 h 45 min (incl. intermission)

Anna-Maaria Oramo and Tuuli Lindeberg introduce the concert at the House of Nobility on 30 November from 18–18.30 and in the Aulaklubi of Tampere Hall on 1 December from 17–17.30.