06•12•2013 Rhoon [NL] KONINGSKIND – Vrijkaartjes hier / Free tickets here

[ENG] We would like to meet you at the Hervormde Kerk of Rhoon (a nice little village south of Rotterdam, in The Netherlands), at 9pm on 6 December 2013. It’s the first night of our wintery production Koningskind (Royal Offspring), with songs by the mystic Hadewijch, and other Latin and Middle Dutch songs taken from the tradition of the Modern Devotion. A bit Christmassy, but not too much. Order your tickets here. However, if you have inscribed to the mailinglist of this blogsite, AND you send a mail confirming your request to info@psallentes.be (or reply to this message here), AND you are among the first ten people doing this, a free ticket is awarded. Go! See you then!

[NL] We willen je graag ontmoeten in de mooie Hervormde Kerk te Rhoon (een gezellig dorpje ten zuiden van Rotterdam, Nederland), om 9u ‘s avonds op 6 december 2013. Dan kun je daar de première beleven van onze nieuwe winterproductie, Koningskind. Liederen van de mystica Hadewijch, en ook Latijnse en Middelnederlandse liederen uit de traditie van de Moderne Devotie. Een beetje Kerstachtig, maar niet te veel. Bestel je tickets hier. Maar, als je ingeschreven bent op deze blogsite, EN je stuurt een mailtje naar info@psallentes.be (of je antwoordt hier op dit bericht), EN je bent bij de eerste tien mensen die dit doen, dan krijg je een gratis ticket van ons. Het mooiste Sinterklaas-geschenk, niet? Tot dan!

[ENG] Recitations and Reconsiderations [10/15] Alpha and Omega

The song that we sing has neither beginning nor end. It is the story of Alpha and Omega, of the Word incarnate, of life and death, of life after death. Our beginning of this tale comes out of nothing and our song will die away into nothing. It is insignificant and small and, what is more, its subject is our insignificance and littleness.

The cantor sings words by Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam that were never set to music and never before sung, especially when we consider that the music-hater Erasmus certainly never intended them to be sung.

Since the nature of God immeasurably surpasses the feebleness of human intelligence – however talented and acute that intelligence may otherwise be – its reality cannot be percieved by our senses, or conceived by our mind, or represented by our imagination, or set out in words. Yet even so traces of divine power, wisdom, and goodness cast a dim glow in the created universe. As a result parallels drawn from the things that we do in some fashion grasp with our senses and intelligence and guide us towards a vague and shadowy knowledge of the incomprehensibles, so that somehow we gaze on them, as through dream and mist.

These are the sentences with which Erasmus begins his paraphrases of the Gospel according to John. The cantor sings Erasmus’ words as he would chant a section of the Gospel or any other text from the New Testament, or of a Gospel commentary such as Augustine’s. He varies the chanting tone where he considers it necessary not only for comprehension and clarity, but also from his own comprehension of the text. He thus presents the text to a community in a version with his own vocal setting and reading, which he thinks balances his position as a more or less objective conveyer of a message with that of an inspired teacher or a captivating artist.

“To seek out knowledge of the nature of God through the power of human reasoning is futility. To speak about things that cannot be expressed in words is madness, and to define them is blasphemy.” The use of this Erasmus text emphasises the historical situation of the fifteenth and sixteenth century manuscript sources that we have chosen: we are in the period shortly before the Reformation. It is also a reference to that great ancient tradition, that of reciting commentaries by the Church Fathers during the offices. Most of all, however, we bring the Eternal Present into our innermost being through our recitation and our retrospective deed. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end.

Hendrik Vanden Abeele

Tenebrae-tour Belgium & The Netherlands

17•03•12 Diest [B] 21•03•12 ‘s Heerenberg [NL] 22•03•12 Rotterdam [NL] 23•03•12 Utrecht [NL] 24•03•12 Maastricht [NL] 25•03•12 Amsterdam [NL] 31•03•12 Bloemendaal [NL] 01•04•12 Den Bosch [NL]

All your enemies open their mouths
wide against you;
they scoff and gnash their teeth
and say, “We have swallowed her up.
This is the day we have waited for;
we have lived to see it.”

Tenebrae Psallentes artwork Hilde Vertommen
Artwork by Hilde Vertommen for Psallentes' Tenebrae

22•03•2012 Rotterdam [NL] Tenebrae

Franciscan antiphoner - Psallentes' Tenebrae production
Fribourg, Couvent des Cordeliers, M2, f102r, badly damaged page with fragments of the Tenebrae-office - manuscript used for the Psallentes Tenebrae production - image via http://www.e-codices.unifr.ch

Donderdag/thursday 22 maart/march 2012 Rotterdam, Laurenskerk, 20u30

“Psallentes is een bijzonder gezelschap voor oude muziek. Zij richten zich op de rijke gregoriaanse kerkmuziektraditie, zoals die vooral bloeide in Middeleeuwen en Renaissance. Met de bestudering van talloze nationale en regionale handschriften geeft Psallentes steeds weer een nieuwe kijk op het gregoriaans, versterkt door hun fijnzinnige uitvoering ervan. In dit concert nemen zij u mee naar de laatste duistere nachten van de lijdenstijd, vlak voor Pasen. Het zijn de uren van de ‘tenebrae’, de sombere mystieke gezangen die klinken in de nacht van Witte Donderdag, Goede Vrijdag en Paaszaterdag. Zij zingen deze schitterende antifonen, psalmen, responsoria en lamentaties uit Vlaamse antifonaria van de late Middeleeuwen. Het past prachtig in de middeleeuwse omgeving van de Laurenskerk. Psallentes neemt u mee naar de sfeer van de middeleeuwse kerken en kathedralen van waaruit deze passiegezangen in het duister opstegen. “

Toegang: €29,- / 27,- (Rotterdampas/65+) / 20,- (CJP/Collegekaart/Vrienden van LK)/ 18,- (t/m 16 jaar). Kaartverkoop viawww.oudemuziek.nl en de kassa van de Laurenskerk. Ook via De Doelen (www.dedoelen.nl of 010 217 17 17). Koffie en thee inclusief.

Laurenskerk Rotterdam (Photo credit: Alphast)

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