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Whyte's Noyse

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Abendmusik webAbendmusik explores William Whyte’s fantasies for two, three, five and six viols. Although we know so very little about him, there is no doubt that Whyte was well respected by his peers. Whyte’s consorts in general are characterized by a pervasive use of pairings of instruments in bicinia style. As a result, he is adept at the art of imitation and creating various textures and moods. At times he creates a vivid musical dialogue in which a variety of emotions are musically brought to life − an important element of consort style.


Vita Wallace ~ violin
Claire Smith Bermingham ~ violin
Lawrence Lipnik ~ tenor viol
Rosamund Morley ~ tenor viol
John Mark Rozendaal ~ bass viol
Patricia Ann Neely ~ bass viol

Abendmusik, New York’s Early Music String Band, showcases the rarely-performed repertoire of the late 16th and 17th centuries composed for string consort. The Band explores music from both western and eastern Europe (Italy, the Hapsburg Empire of Austria and Spain, Kroměřiž in Moravia, Poland, Holland, England, Denmark and France) on period instruments.

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1:15 – 2:00 pm
All concerts are free; no tickets or reservations are necessary.

In person at The Church of the Transfiguration, 1 E 29th St, New York City

Live stream details: You can watch it on your computer in any of two places by clicking on the name you wish: our website or YouTube.

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