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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300 years of Spanish harpsichord music

21/03/2024 19:30 CET (21/03/2024 19:30 CET)

300 years of Spanish harpsichord music Online and On-site

Música Antigua Xixón Spain
Museo Casa Natal de Jovellanos, Jovellanos square, s/n, , 33201 Gijón/Xixón
The repertoire of this concert features Spanish music composed between XVI and XIX centuries, from Antonio de Cabezón to Mateo Antonio Pérez de Albéniz. The purpose of the concert is to show the evolution around harpsichord music in Spain by the hand of the awarded young performer, Inés Moreno, who has recently released the album 300 years of Spanish harpsichord music
Musicians
Inés Moreno Uncilla, harpsichord
Johannespassionen

21/03/2024 19:00 CET

Johannespassionen On-site

Kristus Konungens Vokalensemble Sweden
Kristus Konungens katolska kyrka, Sten Sturegatan 1, 41138 Göteborg
In 2024-2027, the Christ the King Vocal Ensemble is staging a series of concerts on the theme '300 years after Bach'. On 21 March it is time for the St. John Passion by J.S. Bach with the Christ the King Vocal Ensemble, musicians from Karlsson Barock and soloists under the direction of Samuel Eriksson.
Musicians
Christ the King Vocal Ensemble & Karlsson Baroque under the direction of Samuel Eriksson
Anna Jobrant, soprano soloist 
Amanda Flodin, alto soloist 
Thomas Volle, evangelist and tenor soloist
Karl Söderström, Christ and bass soloist
Richard Sandblom, Pilate and bass soloist
Guided tour of the history of architecture

21/03/2024 12:30 CET (21/03/2024 12:30 CET)

Guided tour of the history of architecture On-site

Stiftung Händel-Haus Germany
Händel-Haus, Große Nikolaistraße 5, 06108 Halle (Saalee)
Karl Altenburg, a member of the museum staff, sheds some light on the dark history of the construction of Handel's house and guides visitors* through the vaulted cellar and the impressive plank room.
Musicians
Altenburg Karl, Museum historian
The Conservatori celebrates the Day of Ancient Music

22/03/2024 18:00 CET (22/03/2024 18:00 CET)

The Conservatori celebrates the Day of Ancient Music On-site

Conservatori Professional de Música de Menorca Spain
Palau Torre Saura, Ciutadella, C/ Major des Born, 8, 07760 Ciutadella
Students and teachers of the Professional Conservatory of Music of Menorca will perform solo pieces, chamber music and choir, in a unique palace, ideal for performing early music.
Musicians
Violeta Florit Triay, flute  
Gerard Gilabert Solé, oboe 
Martí Camps Cortadella, clarinet
Alfonso Barros Cueto, horn
Pere Melis Taltavull, bassoon
Jorge Munuera, violoncello
Jana Gener, violoncello
Jorge Pérez, viola
Lluc Llorens, Toni Pons, Emna Alfageme, Carla García, trombones 
Marina Torres, violí
Carme Majancoses, violí
Aurora Pons, violí
Gibet Salort, violí
Arjau Ferrer, violoncel
Choir: Carme Majancoses, Roger Salord, Shenjie Zhu, Xavier Santana, Daniela Gonzalez, Dayke Criado

Professors:Isabel Juaneda, Gonzalo Lacruz, Pedro Munuera, Eva Febrer, Àlvaro Cardona, Jorge Pérez, Óliver Vinent
Bach - Kunst der Fuge

25/02/2024 16:25 CET (25/02/2024 16:25 CET)

Bach - Kunst der Fuge On-site

Bozar Belgium
Bozar, Salle M, Rue Ravensteinstraat 23, 1000 Brussels
Discover a unique interpretation of Johann Sebastian Bach’s unfinished masterpiece, “The Art of Fugue.” Hathor Consort and two dancers give their special take on the fugues and canons that illuminate Bach’s compositional genius and spiritual depth. The performance not only showcases the interplay between theme and counterpoint but also provides novel insights into the transient essence of the composition. 

In this unique rendition, four violas da gamba and two dancers meld into Bach’s intricate polyphony. Experience Bach’s crowning achievement, where a seemingly simple theme evolves into a captivating kaleidoscope of musical colors and all while witnessing the seamless connection between the dancers. This approach renews our understanding of the work, revealing its fleeting nature. A furtive, eclectic moment that reveals the immense richness of our bodies and our humanity.

Musicians
Jason Respillieux, Frank Gizycki - dance & choreography
 & HATHOR CONSORT Romina Lischka - treble viol & artistic direction, Joshua Cheatham - alto viol, Nicholas Milne, tenor viol, Irene Klein - bass viol

Haydn’s Seven Last Words

13/03/2024 20:45 CET (13/03/2024 20:45 CET)

Haydn’s Seven Last Words On-site

Associazione Filarmonica di Rovereto Italy
Sala Filarmonica, Corso Antonio Rosmini 86, 38068 Rovereto
The young international period instrumentalists of Theresia Orchestra embark on a poignant journey for their next orchestral residency in Lodi, exploring Haydn’s original orchestral version of his masterpiece “The Seven Last Words of our Saviour on the Cross”.  Commissioned by a Spanish priest in 1786 for a Good Friday service in an underground church in Cádiz, Haydn was asked to compose a series of slow, meditative “sonatas,” each relating to one of the seven last words of Christ during the crucifixion, as outlined in the Gospels of Matthew, Luke, and John. Interwoven with reflective spoken word mediations, Alfredo Bernardini will lead Theresia Orchestra in this meaningful work.
Musicians
Theresia Orchestra
Alfredo Bernardini - conductor
Haydn’s Seven Last Words

14/03/2024 21:00 CET (14/03/2024 21:00 CET)

Haydn’s Seven Last Words On-site

Associazione Angelo Marini Italy
Basilica di San Giovanni Evangelista, Viale Farini, Ravenna
The young international period instrumentalists of Theresia Orchestra embark on a poignant journey for their next orchestral residency in Lodi, exploring Haydn’s original orchestral version of his masterpiece “The Seven Last Words of our Saviour on the Cross”.  Commissioned by a Spanish priest in 1786 for a Good Friday service in an underground church in Cádiz, Haydn was asked to compose a series of slow, meditative “sonatas,” each relating to one of the seven last words of Christ during the crucifixion, as outlined in the Gospels of Matthew, Luke, and John. Interwoven with reflective spoken word mediations, Alfredo Bernardini will lead Theresia Orchestra in this meaningful work.
Musicians
Theresia Orchestra
Alfredo Bernardini - conductor
Archbishop of Ravenna - narrator
Romantic Lab | The Haarlem Sessions: Exploring the Classical Style

22/03/2024 15:49 CET

Romantic Lab | The Haarlem Sessions: Exploring the Classical Style On-site

Romantic Lab Netherlands
Lutherse Kerk, Haarlem , Lutherse Kerk, Witte Herenstraat 22, 2011 NV Haarlem
In a dynamic collaboration, Rachael Beesley (violin), Artem Belogurov (fortepiano), and Octavie Dostaler-Lalonde (cello) present this inaugural international solo and chamber music masterclass, held in the Lutherse Kerk in Haarlem, Netherlands. 

Titled "Haarlem Sessions - Exploring the Classical Style", this immersive program invites curious students and professionals of the fortepiano and HIP strings to delve into the Classical style.
Musicians
Octavie Dostaler-Lalonde, Artem Belogurov, Rachael Beesley
CONCERT: MEDITATIONS FOR LENT

22/03/2024 20:00 CET

CONCERT: MEDITATIONS FOR LENT On-site

HARMONIA SACRA France
Eglise Saint Géry, Rue de Paris, 59300 Valenciennes
Motets for three male voices under Louis XIV
The quintessence of the sacred repertoire of the Grand Siècle, pieces by Charpentier, Du Mont, Lully, Danielis and Clérambault - at the heart of French Baroque music, where theatricality, suavity and sacredness mingle and merge.
Musicians
Vincent LIEVRE-PICARD countertenor
Olivier FICHET waist
Maxime SAÏU bass
Clémence SCHILTZ bass violin
Diego SALAMANCA theorbo
Jean-Miguel ARISTIZABAL organ
Yannick LEMAIRE conductor
Migrating Birds - the Virtuosity of Medieval Dances

21/03/2024 19:00 CET

Migrating Birds - the Virtuosity of Medieval Dances On-site

EARLY MUSIC SWEDEN Sweden
The German Church, Svartmangatan 16, 111 29 Stockholm
EARLY MUSIC DAY is celebrated in Stockholm by a meeting between Danish recorder player Clara Guldberg Ravn and Swedish hurdy-gurdy player Johannes Geworkian Hellman. Their join forces bring new life to instrumental dances from European medieval manuscripts. By painting the music with fresh colors, with virtuosity, passion and joy, they invite the listeners is to a distinctive and memorable artistic experience.

NB The concert is broadcast by the SWEDISH RADIO and EBU.

PROGRAMME:

Music from an Tuscanian 14th century manuscript (Add MS 29987, British Museum)

Ghaetta (Anonyma)

Saltarello no.1  (Anonyma)

Tre Fontane  (Anonyma)

In Principio di Virtu  (Anonyma)

Lamento di Tristano  (Anonyma)

Saltarello no.3 (Anonyma)

Chominiciamento di Gioia  (Anonyma)

La Manfredina - La Rotta  (Anonyma)
Musicians
Clara Guldberg Ravn, recorder
Johannes Geworkian Hellman, hurdy-gurdy  
ORA early music festival / ORA_Bach!

21/03/2024 18:00 CET

ORA early music festival / ORA_Bach! Online and On-site

Mozarteum University Salzburg Austria
Grosser Saal - Stiftung Mozarteum, Schwarzstrasse 26, 5020 Salzburg
Bach's Musical Offering BWV 1079 continues to inspire today artists for new interpretations, re-creations and new creations. The canons and the two ricercare show proof of Bach's unreachable mastery in the field of polyphony. In the trio sonata, this is finally combined with the common musical language of the late Baroque. Bach unquestionably marks the high point of this genre in music history.
The trio sonata forms the framework for this concert, works of the 20th and 21st centuries by Isang Yun and Wen-Chen Wei, but also other works from Bach's pen.

Bach's most important organ works - a milestone in music literature! In the second concert of the evening, however not on the large organ of the Mozarteum Foundation, but in an arrangement played by the Wind Philharmonic Orchestra of the University Mozarteum under the direction of Andreas Martin Hofmeir. Instead of pipes controlled by the keyboard, all the classical wind instruments can be heard and the organ comes to life!
This is accompanied by the great fantasy "Bachseits" by Johannes Stert and the eagerly awaited world premiere of a composition by the Russian-Ukrainian composer Vladimir Tarnopolski on the Bach chorale "Das alte Jahr vergangen ist".
The work was commissioned by the Institute for New Music and combines historical and contemporary instruments in a wonderful way.
This world premiere will be conducted by Simone Fontanelli
Musicians
ORA_ Bach
21.03.2024 - Grosser Saal, Stiftung Mozarteum
18:00 Uhr - Musikalische Opfer

Dorothee Oberlinger, Blockflöte
Manuel Granatiero, Traversflöte
Yuki Serino, Violine
William Coleman, Viola
Vittorio Ghielmi, Viola da Gamba
Flavio Losco, Barockvioline
Florian Birsak, Cembalo

20:30 Uhr Bach alive –Konzert der Bläserphilharmonie Mozarteum
Wind Philharmonic Orchestra of the University Mozarteum
Musical direction
Andreas Martin Hofmeir and Simone Fontanelli
Haydn’s Seven Last Words

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

Haydn’s Seven Last Words On-site

Teatro alle Vigne Italy
Chiesa di San Francesco, Piazza Ospitale, 26900 Lodi
The young international period instrumentalists of Theresia Orchestra embark on a poignant journey for their next orchestral residency in Lodi, exploring Haydn’s original orchestral version of his masterpiece “‘The Seven Last Words of our Saviour on the Cross”.  
Commissioned by a Spanish priest in 1786 for a Good Friday service in an underground church in Cádiz, Haydn was asked to compose a series of slow, meditative “sonatas,” each relating to one of the seven last words of Christ during the crucifixion, as outlined in the Gospels of Matthew, Luke, and John. Interwoven with reflective spoken word mediations, Alfredo Bernardini will lead Theresia Orchestra in this meaningful work. 
Musicians
Theresia Orchestra
Alfredo Bernardini - conductor
Antonio Messina - narrator
TODOS LOS MALES

20/03/2024 18:00 CET

TODOS LOS MALES On-site

Centro di Musica Antica Ghislieri - Fondazione Teatro Fraschini Italy
Cinema Teatro Politeama, Corso Camillo Benso Cavour, 20, 27100 Pavia PV
Presentation with the artists and then film projection of the movie TODOS LOS MALES by Simone Derai based on the opera LES INCAS DU PEROU by J. P. Rameau that took place at Rimini for the Sagra Musicale Malatestiana on October 2022.


Musicians
Juana Myriam Chero Tarazona - Maria Elena Soto Chero (Phani) - Marco Ciccullo (Carlos) - Cristian Alexis Alarcon Jara (Huascar) - Ekaterina Protsenko (Soprano) Nicholas Scott (Tenore) - Renato Dolcini (Baritono)
Coro Universitario del Collegio Ghislieri - Luca Colombo | Choir leader
Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini
Giulio Prandi | Conductor

Production: Sagra Musicale Malatestiana, Anagoor, Kublai Film
Director: Simone Derai 
Photography: Giulio Favotto  
Versailles Grand Bach Weekend - concert #2

16/03/2024 14:00 CET

Versailles Grand Bach Weekend - concert #2 On-site

Magali 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
Contemporary music
Chamber music
Broken consort
Harpsichord
2nd cycle choir
Arian | nairA – Looking for Caterina

21/03/2024 16:00 CET (21/03/2024 16:00 CET)

Arian | nairA – Looking for Caterina Online

Voces Suaves Switzerland
Hammerstrasse 18 , 4058 Basel
A theatrical musical performance dedicate to the singer Caterina Martinelli. Who was this young woman, to whom Monteverdi addressed one of his most moving madrigal cycles? Ensemble Voces Suaves follows her elusive footsteps. 
Musicians
Performers: Ensemble Voces Suaves; Music: Claudio Monteverdi, Marco da Gagliano as well as a new commissioned piece by Lukas Huber; Stage direction: Deda Cristina Colonna. 
Versailles Grand Bach Weekend - concert #6

16/03/2024 10:11 CET

Versailles Grand Bach Weekend - concert #6 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
Baroque Orchestra 1C 2C
Baroque flute ensembles
Violin solo
Young Choir
Student conductors
Chamber music
Telemann "Plenty of Fantasy"

20/03/2024 19:30 CET

Telemann "Plenty of Fantasy" On-site

Hamburger Ratsmusik Germany
KomponistenQuartier Hamburg, Lichtwarksaal, Neanderstraße 22, 20459 Hamburg
The abundance of Georg Philipp Telemann's compositional ideas is inexhaustible. Unlike all his colleagues of his time he never repeats himself, always reinventing himself. In his fantasies and sonatas in this concerto, the transverse flute, viola da gamba and harpsichord compete. On the eve of Johann Sebastian Bach's birthday, BWV 1029 will be performed in the trio version for trasverso, viola da gamba and harpsichord. 
Musicians
Steven Zohn, traverso 
Hamburger Ratsmusik 
Simone Eckert, viola da gamba 
Anke Dennert, harpsichord 
Johann Sebastian BACH

21/03/2024 08:00 CET

Johann Sebastian BACH Online

FCE Continuo webradio Luxembourg Luxembourg
Église Protestante, 5 Rue de la Congrégation, L-1352 Luxembourg City
from 8 AM until 20 PM: 12 hours Music by Johann Sebastian Bach (and some contemporaries composers)
Musicians
Musiciens et ensembles du Grand-Duché de Luxembourg
La tombe de Rameau | Reenactment of the musical setting of Jean-Philippe Rameau's funreal

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

La tombe de Rameau | Reenactment of the musical setting of Jean-Philippe Rameau's funreal On-site

Wrocław Baroque Orchestra Poland
National Forum of Music , Plac Wolności 1, 50-071 Wrocław
“Why the hell are you singing to me? "You are out of tune, father!" These were the last words of Jean-Philippe Rameau on his deathbed. The most important French composer of the 18th century, harpsichordist and theorist, who died on September 12, 1764, was buried the next day in the Parisian church of Saint Eustache. However, the main mourning ceremonies took place only on September 27 in the nearby oratory of the Filipino priests. Two more similar services were later held in the French capital, and Rameau was just as solemnly mourned in Avignon, Dijon, Marseille, Orleans and Rouen.

The musical core of the ceremony at the Oratoire du Louvre, which will be performed by a group of soloists, the NFM Choir and the Wrocław Baroque Orchestra under the direction of Skip Sempé, was the Messe funebre by Jean Gilles. The work, first performed at the funeral of the composer in 1705, later became a real hit at 18th-century burials. It was performed, among others, during royal funerals – of Louis XV in 1774 and of the Polish king Stanisław Leszczyński in 1766. Over the years, the piece underwent modifications, adapting it to changing tastes and the requirements of specific occasions. It was standard, for example, to include Michel Corrette’s Carillon des Morts–a musical illustration of the ringing bells of the Rouen Cathedral – during the Mass.

The task of arranging Gilles’ Requiem for Rameau’s farewell ceremony probably fell to a pair of friends – François Rebel and François Francœur from the Concert Spirituel community. In just a dozen or so days between the composer’s death and the funeral service, they had to introduce their own changes to the piece, copy the notes for the performers and rehearse with them. They skilfully modified the instrumentation of the Mass, added further sections to it and incorporate fragments of the deceased’s best operas. Interestingly, they introduced the most changes at the beginning of the piece, and the closer to the last bars, the closer their adaptation is to the original. The approaching deadline cooled down the aroused ambitions of the organisers of the musical setting. Despite the need to make an artistic compromise, the arrangement of the Mass was intended to deeply move the 1,500 mourners gathered at the ceremony. “The Requiem pierced the French with pain, while the Italians trembled with terror,” Corette complimented on this performance. 
Musicians
Skip Sempé – conductor
Soloists
NFM Choir
Lionel Sow – artistic direction of the NFM Choir
Wrocław Baroque Orchestra
Jarosław Thiel – artistic direction of Wrocław Baroque Orchestra 
Like father, like son...?

23/03/2024 20:00 CET

Like father, like son...? On-site

Itinéraire Baroque en Périgord France
36 rue du Four, 24600 RIBERAC
Organ concert in the church of Saint-Astier (24) given by Jan Willem Jansen. On the programme: Johann Sebastian Bach and his descendants: Carl Phillip Emanuel, Wilhem Friedeman, Johann Christoph Friedrich! Let's retrace over 100 years of Bach compositions together.
Musicians
Jan Willem Jansen, organist
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