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Laetare Silesia. Music from the Wrocław Mensural Treatise from the early XV century

Tractatus de musica mensurabili, the so-called “Wrocław Mensural Treatise”, is one of the most important Central European sources on music theory. The anonymous treatise was probably written in the first half of the 15th century and is currently held in the University Library at the University of Wrocław. Its author, while describing successive issues concerning the old rhythmic system, lists examples of several dozen pieces known to musicians of the time. The compositions identified by musicologists come not only from local sources, but actually from all over Europe, including France, Czech Republic and Germany. The concert programme thus presents a mosaic of musical influences, which mixed in the area of medieval Silesia – it will include compositions mentioned by the author of the treatise and coming from Wrocław sources.

The concert will be played by Ensemble Vox Imaginaria consisting of:

  • Julieta González-Springer – singing, artistic direction,
  • Marzena Łykowska, Piotr Gałek, Jacek Springer – singing,
  • Ryszard Lubieniecki – portative organ, musicological consultation.

Julieta González-Springer and Ryszard Lubieniecki are doctoral students at the Institute of Musicology of the University of Wrocław.

The concert will take place on 28 November 2021 at 5 pm in the Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession of Divine Providence in Wrocław, ul. Kazimierza Wielkiego 29. Entry free!

The project is realized within the framework of an artistic scholarship granted to Julieta-González-Springer by the Mayor of the City of Wrocław.

Ensemble Vox Imaginaria
The core of the Vox Imaginaria ensemble consists of Julieta González-Springer and Ryszard Lubieniecki – performers specialising in medieval music. They began working together in early 2019, searching for compositions that could be performed with a group limited to voice and portative organ only. Their repertoire includes music from almost all regions of medieval Europe: from the Iberian Peninsula to historic Silesia. They are both currently doctoral students at the Institute of Musicology of Wrocław University.

The members of Vox Imaginaria studied with outstanding early music performers (including Marcel Pérès, Katarina Livljanić, Laurence Brisset, Benjamin Bagby and Corina Marti) and took part in projects (Formations proffessionelles) organised by the Royaumont Foundation. In Lower Silesia, they collaborate with various institutions (including the Sztukupuku and Macondo Foundations and the Institute of Romance Studies at the University of Wrocław), disseminating knowledge about medieval music in the form of concerts and workshops. They invite musicians from Wrocław to collaborate on their latest projects, which allows them to develop their repertoire even further.

-koncert Laetare Silesia
photo: organizer’s material

Published by: Maria Kozan

24 Nov 2021

last modification: 24 Nov 2021