In this concert, the Folger Consort traces the origins of Vienna’s history as an epicenter of musical activity with music from the earliest “Viennese School” – the assembly of composers at the court of Emperor Maximilian I around the year 1500. The program celebrates one of Maximilian's brightest stars, the composer Ludwig Senfl. Although separated by centuries, connections between Senfl and later Viennese composers abound, as in the continuation of the tenorlied songwriting tradition by Franz Schubert, shared text settings by Johannes Brahms, and in the sparkling contrapuntal music of Anton Webern, who of all the later composers examined his Viennese musical heritage back to the 1500s most closely. These later Viennese works are performed in new arrangements for the Consort’s early instruments by composer David Froom, and the concert will also include the world premiere of Froom’s setting of "Lament for the City" with text by the poet Sue Standing. With Tenor voice (Mark Bleeke), Recorder (Alto/Tenor), Tenor Lute, 2 Bass Viols, And Dulcian.
Additional performances will be held Saturday March 5th, and Sunday, March 6th.