Music Before 1800 presents Mala Punica ~ Sunday, March 2 at 4 pm
Music Before 1800 presents Mala Punica
Inaudita imponere: Motets by Johannes Ciconia
Mala Punica’s seven internationally acclaimed singers and instrumentalists (including Memelsdorff at his virtuosic best on recorder) perform the intricate 14th-century music by the Franco-Flemish composer working in Italy, Johannes Ciconia. “Inaudita imponere” contains ceremonial motets, songs, and instrumental pieces. Of the program’s seven motets (three of them isorhythmic), some praise the city of Venice and its doge Michele Steno, and others the city of Padua and its bishop, Stefano da Carrara. All show the layered complexity that is Ciconia’s forte. Both of Ciconia’s songs—Ligaidra donna and Mercé o morte—deplore love not returned by the adored lady. One of the program’s instrumental pieces, an intabulation of Ciconia’s Con lagrime bagnandomi il viso by the famous German composer Conrad Paumann, shows us Ciconia’s international influence.
Founded and directed by Pedro Memelsdorff, Mala Punica is a vocal and instrumental ensemble entirely devoted to the Ars nova and subtilior—the rich, flamboyant polyphonic repertory that flourished at the end of the Middle Ages. Composers like Paolo da Firenze, Matteo da Perugia, Antonello and Filippotto da Caserta, and Antonio Zacara da Teramo have been fully revived by Mala Punica’s interpretations. Unknown repertories have been restored by the ensemble’s concerts and recordings during a highly successful, almost twenty-year long career. Since 2006, Memelsdorff has been the Director of the Early Music Seminars at the Fondazione Giorgio Cini in Venice. In January 2013, he became the tenured director of the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis (Basle, Switzerland).
“Mala Punica's interpretations are extraordinarily imaginative —historically, musically, and emotionally. Narcisso speculando is easily the most compelling recording of Trecento music yet available…” —harmonia mundi
DATE & TIME:
Sunday, March 2 4 pm
Corpus Christi Church 529 West 121st Street between Broadway & Amsterdam Avenue Manhattan
$10-$45; $5 discount for students/seniors $10 student rush tickets at the door