Banchetto Musicale Early Music Festival 2017

Banchetto Musicale Early Music Festival 2017

From 6th to 24th of September 2017 the 27th edition of Banchetto Musicale Early Music Festival takes place in Vilnius. The festival is held since 1989, and is the oldest and the biggest early music festival in Lithuania. Eleven concerts have been organised where everyone is sure to discover their favourite soloists, ensembles, composers and works. Music from different lands and performers from various corners of Europe and the world gather in Vilnius each year for this annual banquet of early music.

AC/E supports the participation of the Spanish early music ensemble “Accademia del Piacere” (artistic director Fahmi Alqhai). They will perform the concert on 20th September 2017 "Rediscovering Spain. Fantasías, diferencias y glosas on XVIth and XVIIth Century Spanish Music".

The routines of instrumental performance in past centuries did not go by merely reading the music written by the composers, but involves a re-reading of the original text and the transformation of the pieces: adding or removing voices, glosses, instrumentation or using characteristic motifs as a basis for improvisation or creation of new counterpoint. In this program Accademia del Piacere seeks the recovery of the main instrumental practice (Hispanic, in this case) and of the musical reading of the 16th and 17th centuries, keeping us away from the superficial interpretation of fantasías, diferencias & glosas—created at its time as mere examples of a practice— and focusing on pure creation and performance following true historicist criteria: the real aim and purpose of the musicians at all times.
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