Music Before 1800 to Welcome New Year with ACRONYM and Jesse Blumberg
NYC early music series Music Before 1800's 42nd season, which features a series-record 13 centuries of music, kicks off the new year on Sunday, January 15 at 4PM at Corpus Christi Church.
Called "first rate" by Early Music America, ACRONYM is a 12-member group dedicated to the instrumental music of the 17th-century. With Mr. Blumberg, the ensemble will perform chamber sonatas and unpublished bass cantatas by the controversial composer and instrumentalist Johann Rosenmüller (c.1618-1684). Rosenmüller was born and died in Germany but spent much of his life exiled in Italy, where the chamber sonatas were published in 1670.
The program title, "Valley of Tears," is from the text in one of the four cantatas. The texts are influenced by Catholic mysticism prevalent in Italy, however, the emphasis on Christ reveals a fundamental interest in the Lutheran orthodoxy dominant in much of Germany.
IF YOU GO:
with Jesse Blumberg, baritone
Valley of Tears:
Bass Cantatas and Instrumental Sonatas by Johann Rosenmüller
Sunday, January 15, 4PM
Corpus Christi Church
529 West 121st Street
212-666-9266 / www.mb1800.org