Poland. David’s Harp
Ensemble Ad Fontes opens the year with Polish court music from the 16th and 17th centuries, including the “Melodiæ Ná Psalterz Polski “(1580), a setting of Jan Kochanowski's “Psalterz Dawidow.” This important collection of vocal music translates psalms from the Old Testament into Polish, but in the form of classical poetry.
A century later, Adam Jarzebski (1590-1649) created the first extensive collection of instrumental music in Poland, some with spiritual content, although without accompanying text. His literary work "Gościniec, albo krótkie opisanie Warszawy" from 1643 offers interesting insights into the habits and musical life of Warsaw. Polish music shows a fusion of Italian influences and regional traditions, which is also reflected in the works of Marcin Mielczewski (1600-1651), some of which quote folk melodies, including the first recorded mazurka.
Tickets start at CHF 30 for adults and CHF 15 for students.