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33rd Festival of Ancient Music of Lanvellec and Trégor
From 4 to 20 october 2019
Encomium Musices – Praise of Music
Like charmed serpents rising from their basket to the sound of the flute, the soul of man is uplifted by the sounds of harmonious music. Since earliest times, the bewitching power of music has been evoked by poets and philosophers. Orpheus, Amphion, Pythagoras, King David remain the major references.
The theme of this year’s festival is inspired by an exceptional collection of late 16th century engravings published in Antwerp. Entitled “Encomium Musices” it contains 16 engravings illustrating musical scenes from the Old and New Testaments as well as the story of King David, musician and author of the book of Psalms.
On the cover, the engraver reproduced a composition by Andreas Pevernage, chapel master at Antwerp Cathedral. We will hear this 6-part piece performed by Brabant Ensemble on Saturday, October 6 in Plouaret. Music is described thus:
“Music, the harmony of alternate voices!
Music is a gift from heaven!
Men weep for it, gods are enawed by it and ferocious beasts are tamed.
Those who remain unmoved by music have lost their humanity.
They are not even beasts! They have hearts of stone!
The engraver added at the bottom of this page an excerpt from Psalm 150 inviting the reader to praise God with all kinds of instruments:
“The trumpets shall sound in praise music!
And also the tones of the lute and the harp!
Praise her with song and dance!
Praise with string instruments and pipes!
Praise her with the sound of cymbals!
Praise her with the cornet, the serpent and the organ!
All that breathes, breathes in praise of the Lord! “.
We will find all these instruments in the body of the engravings – and throughout the festival!
The Lanvellec and Trégor Music Festival
The Festival originated in 1986 to showcase the Robert Dallam organ of Lanvellec (1653). Miraculously preserved in its original state, it is a unique testimony to Robert Dallam’s art of organ building.
This baroque gem – described by Gustav Leonhardt as “lively, precise, quivering” is the starting point of the Festival , a major event in Baroque Music, presenting internationally renowned musicians.
Every Autumn in Brittany, in the towns and villages of the Trégor area, period instruments played by great artists can be heard in beautiful surroundings. Each concert is given in a church, chapel, cathedral or theatre with perfect acoustics.
A broker of history, the Lanvellec and Trégor Festival lets you discover ancient music and its greatest composers. Over three weekends it invites the public to concerts – generally first productions – , lectures, and meetings with artists to discuss constantly renewed themes. Culture, history and music are closely knit to meet everyone’s tastes.
The Festival is a member of the European Early Music Network (EEMN). This is in recognition to the high level of its artistic programming by the musical world. Based locally the Festival aims at international excellence.