Edition 2024

Early Music Day takes place every year on 21 March, at the initiative of REMA. This celebration of more than a thousand years of music, through concerts and events taking place simultaneously around the world, is an opportunity for Europeans to (re)discover our musical heritage!

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"Music by surprise" - cultural action for teenagers

21/03/2024 11:30 CET

"Music by surprise" - cultural action for teenagers On-site

Gli Incogniti & Amandine Beyer France
Collège Emile Combes, Bordeaux , 76 Rue Emile Combes, 33000 Bordeaux
Transmission of early music is an important value for Amandine Beyer and Gli Incogniti! This year we will share the EMD with the teenagers of a middle school in Bordeaux: presentation of the group, baroque instruments & repertoire, work with a dancer to create a modern choreography on baroque music...
Musicians
Amandine Beyer (artistic director and violinist) & Thomas Queyrens (dancer)
Medieval Karaoke

25/03/2024 14:00 CET

Medieval Karaoke On-site

La Camera delle Lacrime & Clermont Auvergne Opéra France
boulevard Desaix, 63000 Clermont-Ferrand
Students from the Clermont-Ferrand area join our professional musicians on stage or in the audience to sing medieval songs.
Medieval chant ensemble reading, class of Katarina Livljanić

21/03/2024 18:15 CET

Medieval chant ensemble reading, class of Katarina Livljanić On-site

Schola Cantorum Basiliensis Switzerland
Kartäuserkirche, Basel, Theordorskirchplatz 7, 4058 Basel
This concert features students of the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis performing vocal music of the High Middle Ages. In focus is music of the Notre Dame School.
Grand Tour

24/03/2024 18:00 CET

Grand Tour On-site

All'Antica Musika Spain
David Sáez, Iglesia Santa María de Getxo , 48991 Getxo, Bizkaia
It is a multidisciplinary scenic proposal that mixes ancient baroque English, French and Italian, music seeking a reunion between the past and the present.  

With this concert we want to publicize a deeply rooted custom at the end of the 17th century that consisted of taking a trip through Europe, with Italy as the destination key, undertaken by young Europeans of sufficient means, when they had reached the age of majority (around 21 years old).

Interspersing brief explanatory comments between the different national styles, contextualizes the music and helps the viewer place themselves in the time of Purcell, of the Palace of Versailles and the Italian baroque, where music played a role fundamental.

 
Musicians
Laiene Alcalá Soprano, Diego Parra Baroque Violín, David Sáez  Recorders, Silvia Cantatore Viola da gamba, Teresa Merino Theorbo, Elvira Pujol Harpsichord
 
 
"Viel Fantasie"

20/03/2024 19:00 CET

"Viel Fantasie" On-site

Hamburger Ratsmusik Germany
KomponistenQuartier Hamburg, Lichtwarksaal, Neanderstrasse 22, 20459 Hamburg
The richness of Telemann's compositional ideas is inexhaustible. Unlike all his colleagues of his time, he never repeats himself, but constantly reinvents himself. In the fantasies and sonatas of this concert evening, the transverse flute, viola da gamba, lute and harpsichord compete with each other! The Ratsmusiker have invited the American flautist, musicologist, Telemann prizewinner and expert Steven Zohn. So Telemann's music is sure to become a transatlantic adventure. 
Johann Sebastian Bach's birthday on 21 March marks the beginning of spring, as it does every year. Exactly one week earlier, on 14 March, is the 343rd anniversary of Telemann's birthday. What better way to celebrate this coincidence than with a concert by these two titans in dialogue? 
Musicians
Steven Zohn, Traversflöte & Hamburger Ratsmusik 
Simone Eckert, Viola da gamba, Anke Dennert, Cembalo, Ulrich Wedemeier, Laute 
Auferstehung-Resurrection - A Film Tale about Love, Faith and the Incomprehensible with Music by Heinrich Schütz

21/03/2024 22:00 CET (21/03/2024 22:00 CET)

Auferstehung-Resurrection - A Film Tale about Love, Faith and the Incomprehensible with Music by Heinrich Schütz Online

Ensemble Polyharmonique Germany
https://maps.app.goo.gl/qYzsZC9hPzd2sZCD7, Dresden
Easter 1623 saw the Auferstehungshistorie, or History of the Resurrection, by Heinrich Schütz (1585–1672) first performed in Dresden. The court conductor in Dresden and first German composer of world renown, Schütz created this musical masterwork at the age of only 38.  The Ensemble Polyharmonique, Giulia Russo, Christian Zacharas (Robozee) and CentreFilms now retell the RESURRECTION, with uniquely beautiful singing, expressive dance and technical refinement. They give space to the incredible, the search for truth and certainty, and the touching biblical love story of Jesus and Mary Magdalen, developing current images from this 400-year-old music that are overwhelming and moving. Baroque music interpreted from our contemporary gaze, Early Music combined with an urban dance scene – sound, text and image and the combination of two cultures merge in one highly expressive music film which is quite unlike any that has come before. 

Welcome to the 21st century, dear Heinrich Schütz! 
And welcome to a new, magical experience of music, dear viewers!

Musicians
Ensemble Polyharmonique, direction Alexander Schneider - music
Gulia Ross Christian Zacharas (Robozee) - dance
Center Films - filmproduction 
AFTER BACH. Organ recital by Andrew Benson-WIlson

24/03/2024 19:45 GMT (24/03/2024 20:45 CET)

AFTER BACH. Organ recital by Andrew Benson-WIlson On-site

Christ's Chapel, Dulwich United Kingdom
Chapel of Christ of Alleyn’s College of God’s Gift, 14 Gallery Road, Dulwich, SE21 7AD London
Andrew Benson-Wilson’s annual Early Music Day concerts usually include music by JS Bach, reflecting the fact that Early Music Day is on 21 March, the date of Bach’s birth under the current calendar. On this occasion, reflecting the rather unusual concert time of 7:45 and the 1750 George England organ, this recital will focus on music from England, Germany and France composed around Bach’s death in 1750. 

AFTER BACH, and After Dark!

The 1750 George England organ was restored in 2009 by William Drake. Organ details can be found here.

The Chapel of Christ and Alleyn’s College of God’s Gift adjoin the Dulwich Art Gallery. Free street parking.
Admission free – retiring collection.

Musicians
Andrew Benson-Wilson, organ
Versailles Grand Bach Weekend - opening concert #1

15/03/2024 20:00 CET

Versailles Grand Bach Weekend - opening concert #1 On-site

CRR de Versailles Grand Parc France
24 rue de la Chancellerie, 78000 Versailles
From Friday 15 to Sunday 17 March, the various departments of the Conservatoire de Versailles will be celebrating Bach's genius with a series of seven concerts featuring a variety of programmes.
Musicians
Ensemble baroque de Buc
Guitar
Vocal duets 
Jazz workshop
Baroque Concertos

23/03/2024 18:30 CET

Baroque Concertos On-site

LES PASSIONS - Orchestre Baroque de Montauban France
Chapelle Saint-Exupère de Toulouse, 6 rue Lamarck, 31400 TOULOUSE
Vivaldi, Telemann, Bach and Boismortier, some of the most popular composers of the Baroque era, exploit with extraordinary imagination all the combinations offered by the ensemble on offer: violin, recorder, oboe, bassoon, cello and harpsichord. 
Virtuosity, the expression of charming melodies, humour too, are evident throughout this festive and varied programme, performed by soloists from Les Passions.
Musicians
LES PASSIONS - Montauban Baroque Orchestra
Conductor and recorder Jean-Marc Andrieu
Flavio Losco, violin
Xavier Miquel, oboe
Nicolas André, bassoon
Etienne Mangot, cello
Yvan Garcia, harpsichord
Actus tragicus

20/03/2024 20:00 CET

Actus tragicus On-site

Aube Musique Ancienne France
1, place Saint-Pierre, 10000 TROYES
Concert based on the cantata BWV 106 by JS BACH, with complementary cantatas by D. BUXTEHUDE BuxWV 10 (Befiehl dem engel) and BuxWV 62 (Jesu, meines lebens Leben) and other motets.
Musicians
La Compagnie des Humbles, vocal ensemble
Stéphanie REVILLION, Soprano
Emilie CUNIN, Soprano
Julien FREYMUTH, alto
Jean-Luc BAUDOIN, Tenor
Simon POUX, Baritone
Stefano INTRIERI, organ
Flore SEUBE, Viola de Gambe,
Hélène BURLE, recorder,
Axel VEZY, recorder
Versailles Grand Bach Weekend - concert #3

16/03/2024 15:00 CET

Versailles Grand Bach Weekend - concert #3 On-site

CRR France
24 rue de la Chancellerie, 78000 Versailles
From Friday 15 to Sunday 17 March, the various departments of the Conservatoire de Versailles will be celebrating Bach's genius with a series of seven concerts featuring a variety of programmes.
Musicians
Computer-assisted music
Harp
Piano 
Chamber music
Karaoké médiéval

25/03/2024 14:00 CET

Karaoké médiéval On-site

La Camera delle Lacrime & Clermont Auvergne Opéra France
Lieu-Dit, 10 rue Fontgiève, 63000 Clermont-Ferrand
Students from the Clermont-Ferrand area join our professional musicians on stage or in the audience to sing medieval songs.

Musicians
Bruno Bonhoure and Khaï-Dong Luong
La Guitarre Royalle

21/03/2024 21:00 CET

La Guitarre Royalle On-site

Associazione MusicaMente Italy
Oratorio Santa Cita , Via Valverde 3 , Palermo , 90146 Palermo
The programme 'La Guitarre Royalle' brings together music from the entire production of Francesco Corbetta (Pavia 1615 - Paris 1681). Starting with his first Bolognese print of 1639 up to the second Parisian edition of the Guitarre Rqyalle of 1674, the apex of his production, which combines in a refined manner the Italian style with its Spanish influences, with the French style, well assimilated by the Pavia composer during his stay in Versailles in the Lullian period. 

A witness, with his printed collections, to the compositional evolution of guitar music from a simple chordal accompaniment to music as elaborate and complex as any other instrument, Corbetta reaches the apex of this instrumental wisdom with the pieces for two guitars. It is not a question of a solo guitar accompanied by the second, but rather of two guitars in dialogue, whose summed chords create real 'harmonic clusters' rich in overtones, and whose melodic lines s1 move m1 counterpoint. 
Musicians
I Bassifondi, Gabriele Miracle: percussion 
Ror Zuljan: baroque guitar 
Simone V allerotonda: baroque guitar and direction
Airy vagueness and sacred modulations

21/03/2024 18:00 CET (21/03/2024 18:00 CET)

Airy vagueness and sacred modulations On-site

Conservatorio di Musica "G. Rossini" Italy
Museo Nazionale Rossini, Via Passeri, 72, 61121 Pesaro e Urbino
On Thursday 21 March, the Rossini Conservatoire celebrates the European Day of Early Music 2024 at the Rossini National Museum. Instituted by the European Community on the day of J. S. Bach's birth (1685) and the spring equinox, the celebration aims to ideally unite Europe in the sign of its millenary musical tradition (from the Middle Ages to the end of the 18th century), symbolised by the great Leipzig, and at a moment of rebirth to life marked by the shift of the Sun's hemisphere.

For the occasion, students and teachers of the CRoMA (Conservatorio Rossini Musica Antica) ensemble are proposing a concert entitled Ariose vaghezze e Sacre modulazioni, ovvero la monodia accompagnata del Seicento italiano per arciliuto e voci.
Musicians
Prof. Pietro Prosser archlute
Giulia Silvestri, Laura Luciani, Jungmi Park sopranos
Lunchtime concert

21/03/2024 12:00 CET (21/03/2024 12:00 CET)

Lunchtime concert On-site

Stiftung Händel-Haus Germany
Händel-Haus, Große Nikolaistraße 5, 06108 Halle (Saalee)
At the lunchtime concert, students from the Institute of Music at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg invite you on a half-hour journey through the soundscapes of the Baroque era. A concert experience that is designed for the length of a lunch break and can be wonderfully integrated into the working day.
Musicians
Students of the Music Department of the MLU
Sacred Spanish polyphonies

23/03/2024 20:30 CET

Sacred Spanish polyphonies On-site

A VOUS SANS AUTRE France
église St Pierre, , 35120 MONT-DOL
A concert of a capella music devoted to sacred Spanish polyphony. These rigorous, noble polyphonies from the Golden Age seem to be striving for an ideal of musical perfection through sobriety and even pared-down simplicity. They go straight to the point and impose themselves on us. They stretch out time, captivating our ears and capturing our hearts!
Musicians
Ensemble Vocal A VOUS SANS AUTRE
Versailles Grand Bach Weekend - concert #5

16/03/2024 17:00 CET

Versailles Grand Bach Weekend - concert #5 On-site

CRR de Versailles Grand Parc France
24 rue de la Chancellerie, 78000 Versailles
From Friday 15 to Sunday 17 March, the various departments of the Conservatoire de Versailles will be celebrating Bach's genius with a series of seven concerts featuring a variety of programmes.

Musicians
Harpsichord
Piano
Cello
Concerto Il sonar cantando: Girolamo Frescobaldi

21/03/2024 18:00 CET

Concerto Il sonar cantando: Girolamo Frescobaldi Online

Conservatorio di musica "Giuseppe Verdi" di Milano Italy
Chiesa San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore, Corso Magenta 15, 20122 Milano
Among the musicians who were active in the first half of the seventeenth century, Girolamo Frescobaldi (Ferrara, 1583 - Rome, 1643)stands out not only as an organist whose virtuosity and technical skill were superlative and incomparable, but also as a formidable musician who was able to interpret the artistic stirrings in the musical language of his time and to incorporate them, in an effective and significant way, into his vast production for keyboard instruments. 
Frescobaldi not only inaugurates a new manner of playing but also illustrates a new refined “modus componendi” through a language of astonishing modernity. 
The concert offers pages taken from his printed (Libro I Toccatas, Libro II Toccatas) and unpublished (Chigi Codex ) music collections.
 It is music that seduce by its spontaneity, by its freshness, by the naturalness of the lyric melodic gesture. 
In fact, the pages of the illustrious organist enjoy the luminous and fascinating sonorities of a magnificent example of Italian organ building art, belonging to one of the most famous dynasties of Brescian builders, active in the years between the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries: the Antegnati. In particular, it is an ancient organ built by Gian Giacomo Antegnati in 1554, located, in the mirifica Church of San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore in Milan.
These pages are so imbued with a great expressive intensity and a poignant grace that, even today, they amaze us with their relevance. They are compositions permeated by a magic of sounds and an emotional tension that seems to never end.
Musicians
Ivana Valorri, Organ professor (at Conservatorio di musica "Giusepe Verdi" di Milano)
Rediscovering Abos

02/02/2024 20:00 CET

Rediscovering Abos Online

Festivals Malta Malta
Online, Online
The Abos Project and Consort will be performing Music by Girolamo Abos. Abos was a Maltese-Italian composer of operas and church music, and studied under Leonardo Leo and Francesco Durante in Naples.
Musicians
Sopranos:
Francesca Aquilina
Maria Grazia Grech
Maria Micallef Tortell
Analise Mifsud
Nadia Vella
Bettina Zammit
Gillian Zammit

Altos: 
Francesca Buhagiar
Raisa Marie Micallef
Bianca Simone

Tenors:
Tom Armitage
Karl Cassar
Stanley Joe Portelli

Basses:
Mark Bartolo
Christian Debono

Music for a while – Dilettanti eruditi e mecenati

21/03/2024 18:00 CET

Music for a while – Dilettanti eruditi e mecenati On-site

Conservatorio statale di Musica "G. B. Martini", Bologna Italy
Sala Bossi del Conservatorio "G. B. Martini", Piazza Rossini 1, 40100 Bologna
The concert celebrates the Early Music Day and the donation of a virginal and several recorders and traversos to the Conservatorio by a Bolognese music lover and amateur player. According to the quality of the instruments, the concert is entirely dedicated to the English music (J. Dowland, Th. Morley, H. Purcell, W. Lawes).
Musicians
Ensemble di Musica antica del Conservatorio “G. B. Martini”
Cleonice Sabrina Bortolotti, Margherita Minardi, Amelia Rossi Fioravanti, Ufuk Aslan, Luca Fanteria, voices
Stefano Gerard, So-Yeong Baik, violins
Francesco Lussignoli, Daniele Salvatore, traverso and recorder
Federica Bettelli, Luca Piccini, viol da gamba
MIchele Barbieri, Michela De Pasquale, Laura di Cera,  Yui Mochizuki, Giuditta Pizzilli,  harpsichord
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