Video premiere Frölich being

In the Corona winter
Sun 31.01.21


"Video premiere Frölich Wesen" - In Corona winter


hen Ambrosius Kettenacker passed on his collection of songs in 1510, he was just 17 years old and had already completed his studies in Basel. His even younger friend Bonifacius Amerbach was the lucky recipient, who would in due course amass a much larger collection of music. Kettenacker’s songbook, however, was the cornerstone and is today the oldest piece in the Amerbach cabinet (UB Basel, F X 10). It once consisted of four part books, but only the bass part book survived. The program includes specially reconstructed movements of the songbook, most of which have been supplemented from other contemporary sources. The famous “Innsbruck, ich muss dich lassen” is also among them, but with a bass voice that cannot be found anywhere else. So there are also unique things to hear.

Grace Newcombe – vocals, clavisimbalum| Jacob Lawrence – vocals | Katharina Haun – cornett | Baptiste Romain – vielle, clein violin | Tabea Schwartz – grand violin | Elizabeth Rumsey – grand violin | Marc Lewon – lute, grand violin, vocals; conductor | SRF, sound engineer: Lars Dölle – audio | – video



Vlog by Marc Lewon January 2020 or June 2020: To the video premiere January 2021 “Frölich Wesen”.

Video concert Frölich essence

Audio recording by SRF. Video recording:


Program Booklet January 2021

1. die fraw von himel ruoff ich an – Wolffgang Huber, Kettenacker-Stimmbuch, fol. 9v / Discantus, altus and tenor added from the broadsheet Munich, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, 2 Mus. pr. 156-12-14#13 (1510) / Reconstruction of the penultimate line by Marc Lewon

2. F Du min schatz – instrumental Anonymous, Kettenacker-Stimmbuch, fols. 2v-3r / Discantus and Altus transposed supplemented from St. Gall, Abbey Library, Cod. Sang. 463 (“Songbook of Aegidius Tschudi”), fols. 60r/118r, tenor added from Basel, University Library, F X 21, fols. 78v-79r

3. ich scheid mit leid – Anonymous, Kettenacker-Stimmbuch, fol. 10v / Discantus and tenor added from Basel, University Library, F VI 26 f, fol. 3r

4. isbrüg jch (Innsbruck, ich muss dich lassen) – Anonymous, Kettenacker-Stimmbuch, fols. 5v-6r / DiscantusReconstruction using the cantus firmus inspired by Martin Staehelin / Altus and tenor newly set by Marc Lewon

5. wer das ellend büwen wel – Anonym, Kettenacker-Stimmbuch, fol. 6r / Tenor reconstruction from cantus firmus, altus adaptation from the Trium vocum cantiones (Johannes Petreius, Nuremberg 1541) and new discantus by Marc Lewon / Text: Munich, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Cgm 809, fols. 61r-63r

6. ach hulf mich leid – Adam von Fulda (ca. 1445-1505), Kettenacker-Stimmbuch, fols. 11v-12r / Discantus, altus and tenor added from St. Gall, Abbey Library, 462 (“Liederbuch des Johannes Heer von Glarus,” ca. 1489-1553), pp. 14-15.

7. frow bin ich din (glad am I yours) – instr. Paul Hofhaimer (1459-1537), Kettenacker-Stimmbuch, fol. 4r / Discantus, altus and tenor added from Munich, University Library M. 328-331 (“Stimmbücher des Hieronimus Welser,” Augsburg 1527), fols. 129v/78r/52r/[66v]

8. frólich wesen (Ein frölich wesen) – Jacob Obrecht (1457/58-1505), Kettenacker-Stimmbuch, fol. 4r-v / Discantus, altus and tenor added from St. Gall, Abbey Library, 462 (“Liederbuch des Johannes Heer von Glarus,” ca. 1489-1553), pp. 64-65.

9. es gieng guot tröscher über land – Anonymous, St. Gallen, Abbey Library, 462 (“Songbook of Johannes Heer of Glarus,” ca. 1489-1553), p. 57

10. prooemium in re / Adieu mes amours – instr. Hans Kotter (ca. 1485-1541) / Josquin Desprez (ca. 1450/55-1521), Basel, University Library, F IX 22 (“Tabulatur des Bonifacius Amerbach”), fols. 60r-v & 40r-41v 11. Kochersperger Spanieler – instr. Hans Kotter, Basel, University Library, F IX 22 (“Tabulatur des Bonifacius Amerbach”), fol. 100r-v

12. Maria zart – Pfabinschwantz (active around 1500), Kettenacker-Stimmbuch, fols. 9v-10r / Discantus, altus and tenor added from Würzburg, Staatsarchiv, Kloster Ebrach Bücher (D7), Nr. 11/II, fols. 16r-19r

13. fortüna (Fortuna desperata) – Antoine Busnoys? (ca. 1435-1492), Kettenacker voice book, fol. 8r / anonymous discantus and tenor, and three concordancie by Alexander Agricola (ca. 1455-1506) added from Augsburg, Staats- und Stadtbibliothek, Hs. 142a (“Augsburger Liederbuch”), fols. 46v-47r

14. the full bruoder kond oüch dar zú – Anonymous, Kettenacker-Stimmbuch, fol. 9r / Discantus, altus and tenor added from St. Gall, Abbey Library, 462 (“Liederbuch des Johannes Heer von Glarus,” ca. 1489-1553), pp. 58-59.



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