Join us online from 17 December. Enjoy highlights from the Christmas Festival concerts at home.
Tickets on sale from now until 6 January. All concerts will be available to watch on-demand on ncem.co.uk/earlymusiconline from 10am 17th December 2021 until 5pm 13 January 2022.
£10.00 | Christmas Box Set £40.00
Bojan Cicic violin
Gawain Glenton cornetto
Silas Wollston organ
Cornetto & violin: a contest of equals
In the late 16th and 17th centuries the cornetto and violin were considered equals despite their obvious differences. The cornetto was the older aristocratic instrument, a symbol of church and state, pomp and ceremony. The violin meanwhile was the irreverent newcomer, emerging from a background of dance music for the street and tavern. For a short period, composers saw these rival virtuoso instruments as interchangeable, with many pieces written for ‘cornetto overo violino’ (cornetto or violin).
This concert celebrates the rivalry between these instruments with music from Italy, Germany and Spain. Who will emerge victorious? In the words of one reviewer, ‘it was we the audience who won’.
“It’s testament to Čičić’s artistry that you’re never aware of the difficulties being surmounted – fistfuls of the most awkwardly-written chords are dispatched with immaculate intonation and voicing, whilst the contrapuntal sections in the elaborate fugues have a clarity to rival the finest keyboard-player.” Presto Classical
Unable to join us in person? Join us online from 17 December and enjoy highlights from the Christmas Festival concerts at home.
Event Date: 17/12/2021 10:00 am
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