In Stil Moderno
The glorious instrumental music of 17th century Venice
Gabrieli – de Sermisy – Willaert – Priuli – Cavalli – Legrenzi – Castello – Riccio – Rovetta – Monteverdi – Merula – Marini – de Rore – Striggio
Gawain Glenton, cornett and leader
Marianna Henriksson, harpsichord, organ and leader
Finnish Baroque Orchestra
Finnish Baroque Orchestra's musicians Apr 29 and Jun 9, 2023
1st violin: Anne Pekkala
2nd violin: Anthony Marini
Viola: Laura Kajander
Cello: Louna Hosia
Harpsichord and organ: Marianna Henriksson
Lute: Eero Palviainen
Cornett: Gawain Glenton, Lambert Colson
Trombone: Esa Fagerholm
Dulcian: Paula Pinn
The focus of the concert is the flamboyant musical life of Venice during the 17th century. The city was a hub of musical innovation, which is famously true for the vocal music of Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643) and his contemporaries. There were also big changes afoot in the instrumental music. Composers like Giovanni Gabrieli (approx. 1553-1612), Dario Castello (1602-1631), Francesco Cavalli (1602-1676) and Giovanni Rovetta (approx. 1595/97-1668) brought all the passion and virtuosity that was connected with the new baroque style into the instrumental music. Castello even described his sonatas as being in “stil moderno”.
In this concert, British Gawain Glenton, a specialist on the music of the 16th and 17th centuries, plays cornett, an instrument that is quite rarely heard in Finland. The cornett (cornetto in Italian) is a brass instrument, widely used from the end of the 15th century to the end of the 17th century. Its heyday was approximately from 1550 to 1650. Of all the instruments, the sound of the cornett was thought to be closest to the beauty of the human voice, which was a great compliment to the instrument. As the musical taste changed during the 18th and 19th centuries, the use of the cornett waned. It has no modern counterpart.
The concert is part of the residency series at the House of Nobility, which in Spring 2023 has the theme “Back to the roots”. In the first concert on 10th March, this means standard repertoire of a baroque orchestra. In the second concert on 29th April, the program consists of early baroque music and in the third concert on 19th May, the theme is interpreted as the concept of the element, in reference to for example nature or attributes of compositional styles.
The concert in Pyhtää is organized in collaboration with Kymijoen Lohisoitto Festival, Pyhtää municipality and the Finnish Baroque Orchestra.
Duration: 1 h 45 min (incl. intermission)
FiBOs artistic planner Marianna Henriksson introduces the concert at the House of Nobility at 5 pm to 5.30 pm.
An event for patrons of the organ
As a result of a fundraising campaign during the years 2021 and 2022, FiBO was able to buy a continuo organ of its own. Contrary to the original plan, the organ arrived already in late 2021 while the campaign was still ongoing. In April 2023, the organ has therefore been in use for one and a half year already, and the purchase has proven to be really useful. FiBO is sincerely grateful for the support and thankful for all the donations! For everybody who donated to the organ, there will be a small presentation event on 29th April at the House of Nobility after the In stil moderno concert at approximately 8pm. (A similar event was arranged in April 2022, but for obvious reasons not everybody could attend). You can still join the presentation even if you’re not coming to the concert. There is no need to register beforehand.
During the organ fundraising, FiBO did also receive some separate larger donations for our concert operations. We are very grateful for those as well!