The link between heaven and earth, Nature’s secret whispering, is what the mathematician, astronomer and astrologer Johannes Kepler (1571-1630) found in music. He was convinced that the movements of the planets and other celestial bodies and the entire geometry of the heavens were reflected musically in the polyphonic compositions of his time. Kepler had motets composed which incorporated the planetary harmonies he had found. The epitome of this music of the spheres was Orlando di Lasso’s five-voice motet In me transient. He assigned planets to the various voices – Mercury to the soprano, Earth and Venus to the alto, Mars to the tenor and Saturn and Jupiter to the bass. The motions of the planets are in keeping with their respective voice parts, with Mercury as the soprano being most free, Earth and Venus having very limited distances between their motions, Mars as the tenor being free yet proceeding with moderation, and Saturn and Jupiter making harmonic leaps as the bass.

Music of the Stars will enable the audience to hear and experience Kepler’s ideas in works from the period and to listen to the forces of the cosmos in the music of Orlando di Lasso, Gabrieli, Hassler and others. A contemporary piece by the Greek-Dutch composer Calliope Tsoupaki will offer a contemporary approach to Kepler’s music of the spheres.

 

Concerto Palatino:
Hana Blažíková, Barbora Kabátková – Soprano
Alex Potter – Countertenor
Jan Van Elsacker, Benedict Hymas – Tenor
Tomáš Král – Baritone
Jaromír Nosek – Bass
Veronika Skuplik – Violin
Charles Toet, Simen Van Mechelen, Joost Swinkels, Claire McIntyre – Sackbut
Kris Verhelst – Organo
Ltg: Bruce Dickey – Zink