ABENDMUSIK - New York’s Period Instrument String Band


Church of St. Luke in the Fields
487 Hudson Street New York
United States
Thursday, May 17, 2018

Lawes and Jenkyns guard thy rest, Dolmetsch ever be thy guest

The 5 & 6 part works of John Jenkins & William Lawes


Time:              8 pm

Pre-concert Lecture at 7:15pm: The Arts & Crafts Movement in London and the Early Music Revival


Concert only: $20 general; $10 students & seniors

Fundraiser: $40 for pre-concert lecture at 7:15pm, concert at 8pm & post-concert reception.

(Lecture and reception in Laughlin Hall, adjacent to the sanctuary).                     

Available online at http://www.gemsny.org/events/abendmusik

OR calling 212-866-0468

OR at the door.


Concert originally scheduled for Friday, May 11th by Abendmusik is rescheduled for Thursday, May 17th at the Church of St. Luke in the Fields in Greenwich Village.  Please join Abendmusik for “Lawes and Jenkyns guard thy rest, Dolemtsch ever be thy guest.”  Guest Artist: Mary Springfels, viola da gamba.

The Age of the Industrial Revolution is defined as a time in which society looked toward the future and rejected the past. At the same time, the Arts & Crafts movement was started by a group of decorative artists, led by William Morris, who rejected the artistic endeavors of the age and looked toward the past for creative inspiration.  The leaders of this movement encouraged Arnold Dolmetsch to pursue his interest in reviving instruments and repertoire from the 17th century. Dolmetsch's connection to the British Library lent him access to extant manuscripts including those attributed to Henry VIII as well the compositions of John Jenkins and William Lawes, among others.  It is his efforts that have made these works accessible in the 19th, 20th and now 21st centuries so that we can have the opportunity to explore some of the most beautiful music written for string ensemble in the 17th century. The works of Jenkins and Lawes have kept modern viol players enthusiastically challenged and musically satisfied for over 100 years.  We devote this concert to some of the most celebrated consorts in 5 and 6 parts and smaller works by the two great masters of English consort repertoire; and to Dolmetsch who moved Ezra Pound to exclaim, “Lawes and Jenkyns guard thy rest, Dolmetsch ever be thy guest.”*

*Ezra Pound, Canto LXXXI


Judson Griffin, violin

Malgorzata Ziemnicka, violin

Lawrence Lipnik, viola da gamba

Carlene Stober, viola da gamba

Patricia Ann Neely, viola da gamba

with guest Mary Springfels, viola da gamba




1. Consort Set 8 for 6 viol in F major (Sunrise)

   Fantazy – Aire – Fantazy- Aire

2. Consort Set 3 for 5 viols in C minor


3. Consort Set 6 for 6 viols in G Minor

   Pavaen – Fantazy -Aire



   Pavan # 2 in F for 6 viols

   Fantasy No. 4 d minor for 6 viols

   Fantasia #7 a 6

   Fantasia 16 @5 d major

   Fantasia 7 @5 c minor

   Fantasia #10 (sound out my voice)

   I Fantasia # 8 in a minor a 6

   In Nomine 1


About the Ensemble:

The members of Abendmusik individually and jointly represent some of the most experienced professional string specialists in historical performance; musicians who have made the rare commitment to devote 100% of their professional lives researching and performing this highly specialized repertoire. As a result, the ensemble delivers performances that represent, as closely as possible, current historical perspective, as well performances that display passion and sensitivity, and are carefully sculpted and technically solid. Members of the ensemble have appeared with the Smithson Quartet, The Smithsonian Chamber Orchestra, Amor Artis, the American Classical Orchestra, Concert Royal, REBEL, Early Music New York, Sinfonia, the New York Classical Quartet, Trinity Baroque Orchestra, the Washington Bach Consort, Glimmerglass Opera, New York City Opera, the Boston Camerata, Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, The Newberry Consort, The New York Consort of Viols, Piffaro, Sequentia, Parthenia, My Lord Chamberlain's Consort, the Waverly Consort, and Les Arts Florissants.

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