Thursday, May 13, 18.00
University History Museum, White Hall

Daniel Speer: Two tower suites
Johann Valentin Neder: “Mattaglia”
Johann Pezel: “Two tower suites”
Michael Praetorius: “Brand Simple”

Giovanni Bassano“Vestiva I colli”zink, harpsichord
Johann Rosenmüller
“Lieber Herre Gott”soprano, two trombones, b.c.
Juan Cabanilles
Passacalles de primer tonoharpsichord
Cesario GussagoSonata “La Cornala”alto schawm, alto trombone, tenor trombone, bass trombone
Tarquino Merulo
“Jesus dulcis memoria”soprano, zink, schawm, b.c.
Giovanni Battista BuonamentoSonata a6zink, schawm, three trombones, b.c.
Tomas Milans
(ca 1685-1759)
“Quam vidistis, pastores”
“Sanctum, et terrible nomen ejus”
soprano, harpsichord
Daniel Speer
Two sonateszink, schawm, three trombones, b.c.
“Batalla Famossa”harpsichord
Samuel Scheidt
Cancionezink, schawm, three trombones, b.c.
Michael AltenburgIntrada “Ein feste Burg”soprano, zink, schawm, three trombones, b.c.

The ensemble plays the music of the 17th and 18th centuries, when guilds of brass players were formed at churches and courts and they were given a privileged status. The musicians were obliged to serve either the king, the prince, the emperor or the church and not to perform anywhere else. It was believed that the sound of brass instruments – trumpets, cornets, trombones - best expressed the nobility of the royal throne as well as the divine might and nobility. Such guilds were active, for example, in Bologna, Venice – where the band of St. Marcus Church consisted only of trumpets, cornets and trombones, the court of Emperor Leopold in Venice and Salzburg as well as in Leipzig, Dresden, Nürnberg, Berlin and Hamburg.

During the baroque period the art of singing was considered to be the highest musical art, as the singers glottis is the most perfect of all instruments and besides voice the singer also expresses himself with the help of words. This is why the instruments resembling human voice were most highly valued. So it was believed that the sound of the trumpet resembles the voice of the soprano and the contra-tenor, the sound of the cornet resembles the voice of the chorister, the sound of the tenor trombone that of the tenor and the sound of the bass trombone the voice of the basso.

As in rule, there was always an accompanying instrument in the ensemble, which could be either a harpsichord or an organ. Both were also used as outstanding solo instruments.

All the above mentioned has determined the composition of our ensemble and the choice of repertoire. The ensemble performs on instruments belonging to the times when the music was composed. This provides the listener with a overview of the development of the instruments, their sound and playing possibilities during earlier times.

Kaia Urb - soprano
Raivo Tarum - baroque trumpet
Priit Aimla - baroque trumpet
Aabi Ausma - trombone
Valter Jürgenson - trombone
Imbi Tarum - harpsichord
Peeter Margus - alto trombone
Olev Ainomäe - schawms