ModernMedieval

ModernMedieval

 

ModernMedieval is a new ensemble created by Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek, who serves as Artistic Director and performer.

ModernMedieval is creating new and challenging programs which combine medieval music with new work, working with celebrated artists including the vielle virtuoso Shira Kammen, electro-acoustic violist and composer Martha Mooke, viol player and Sonnambula director Elizabeth Weinfield, singers from the cutting edge vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth and some of today’s leading composers including Daniel Thomas Davis, Andrew Lovett and Joel Friedman.

 

Programs currently on offer include:

Sanctum et Saeculare 

Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek, voice, with Elizabeth Weinfield, vielle and viol

This program combines medieval chant and song with music by 20th and 21st century composers using medieval texts as inspiration. The program features sacred and secular English songs and chant from the 13th, 14th and 15th centuries, an arrangement of the Offertory chant O Quam Glorifica by British composer Michael Finnissy, and three newly commissioned works by composers Joel Friedman, Andrew Lovett, and Daniel Thomas Davis.

The three texts given to Friedman, Lovett, and Davis are examples of 14th-century secular love poetry and are taken from the Findern Manuscript (compiled in England in the late 15th century). It is generally thought that many of the poems in the Findern MS were written by women, as they express a feminine perspective on issues such as love and constancy. While there are very little surviving musical settings of secular Middle English texts, having them set by contemporary composers is part of an ongoing project to bring these beautiful poems back to life.

 

Awake my Soul

Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek- soprano, Tim Keeler- alto, James Kennerley- tenor, Jonathan Woody-bass

This program features a rare one on a part performance of the Byrd Mass for 4 voices, a powerful and emotional  piece written from the heart, yet with the subjective part writing so characteristic of the English Renaissance style. The mass is interwoven with English medieval chant and polyphony ranging from the 10th to the 14th centuries contained in the Winchester and Dublin Tropers. They include an astonishing two- part Alleluia that sounds as if it could have been written in this century!

The program ends with some of the finest examples of American shape note and hymn tunes, featuring compositions by William Billings and Robert Lowry, amongst others, including the perennial favorite Shall we Gather at the River.

 

Now is the Month

Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek- soprano, Tim Keeler- alto, James Kennerley- tenor, Jonathan Woody-bass

A program of secular song that explores the delights of the seasons and the ups and downs of love. The wide-ranging program offers English medieval songs, including the popular round Sumer is y-comin in, English madrigals by the likes of John Farmer, Thomas Morley and Thomas Campion that delight in all aspects of love, and Five Flower Songs by Britten. The program will also include new arrangements of old favorites, including, of course, Now is the Month of Maying.

 

 

Upcoming ModernMedieval performances:

December 9th, 2016. O Jerusalem. A performance of the celebrated chant by Hildegard of Bingen, with Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek, Martha Cluver and Eliza Bagg.  Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC at 8pm

 

February 4th, 2017. Sanctum et Saeculare.  New York Public Library, Bruno Walter Auditorium at 2.30pm and Spectrum NYC at 9pm
 

May 7th, 2017. Awake my Soul. Saint Ignatius of Antioch Episcopal Church, NYC at 3pm.

 

May 9th, 2018.  Sanctum et Saeculare National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington D.C. at 7.30pm.