Thanks to the collaboration between the Adam Mickiewicz Institute and the Beijing Forbidden City Concert Hall, early music from Poland was featured at the Early Music Season in China for the fourth year in a row. This time, the event hosted the ensemble La Morra.
La Morra played during the opening of the festival in 2018, presenting the music of a medieval Polish composer, Piotr of Grudziądz. The concerts took place on 19th April in Tianjin, 20th April in Beijing and 21st April in Wuhan.
La Morra was founded in 2000 at the world-famous Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Switzerland. The ensemble operates under the artistic leadership of the famous Polish lutenist Michał Gondko and his wife Corina Marti. A melting pot of nationalities, La Morra re-defines itself according to the requirements of the projects it undertakes. The ensemble specialises in performing Late Medieval and Early Renaissance music.
At the Early Music Season La Morra presented the programme Verba et Modulamina featuring the music of Piotr Wilhelmi of Grudziądz (Petrus Wilhelmi de Grudencz). The name of this fourteenth-century composer, poet and priest was long unknown to musicologists. The discovery of Petrus Wilhelmi de Grudencz and his work, made by Czech musicologist Jaromír Černý in the mid-1970s, is one of the most remarkable achievements of musicology in 20th-century Eastern Europe, then behind the Iron Curtain. Wilhelmi’s works are influenced by the musical tradition of the large cultural space, which in the late Middle Ages included the entire Holy Roman Empire with Bohemia and the kingdoms of Poland and Hungary. In 2016, as a result of collaboration between Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, Glossa Music and the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, La Morra recorded the album Petrus Wilhelmi de Grudencz. Fifteenth-century music from Central Europe devoted to the composer and his work.
VERBA ET MODULAMINA – Words and Melodies