Dialogue of Keys II

Ammerbach with a Double M (and Voice)
Sun 30.04.23 Intro 17:45 Concert 18:15

Organ and instrument tablature by Elias Nikolaus Ammerbach (1530 - 1597), Leipzig, 1571, private collection,

"Dialogue of Keys II" Ammerbach with a Double M


he first “Dialogue of the Keys” concert in August 2021 presented music for harpsichord and organ from the collection of Bonifacius Amerbach. “Dialogue of the Keys II” returns to the theme, but this time presents a different important collection from the next generation: the first printed book of organ music in Germany, collected by the organist Elias Nikolaus Ammerbach, which was published in 1583. The book has many parallels to Bonifacius Amerbach’s collection, containing arrangements in a colourful range of genres: sacred and secular; French, German and Italian; instrumental and vocal.

This April ReRenaissance concert offers a unique opportunity to collaborate with another house of the Basel’s Historical Museum: the Musical Instrument Museum. Jörg-Andreas Bötticher will play the table organ known as “Ab Yberg.” Built in Augsburg in 1566/78, the instrument comes from the family chapel of St. Sebastian “Im Grund” of the Ab Yberg family in Schwyz. In addition to this organ, a small harpsichord from the mid-16th century will also be used to accompany the original song versions  by Orlando di Lasso, Ludwig Senfl, Clemens non Papa and others.

Jörg-Andreas Bötticher – organ; direction | Maria Morozova-Meléndez – harpsichord/virginal | voice

Jörg-Andreas Bötticher an der Ab Yberg-Orgel © Andrew Burn



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