Oberlin College and Conservatory

Guest Recital: Ensemble Lucidarium

Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 8:00pm to 10:00pm

Kulas Recital Hall, Conservatory Central Unit
77 West College Street, Oberlin, OH 44074

A Guest Recital by Ensemble Lucidarium.

Gloria Moretti, Anna Pia Capurso, Enrico Fink: voice

Avery Gosfield, Marco Ferrari: Renaissance wind instruments

Francis Biggi: lute, gittern

Massimiliano Dragoni: percussion, hammer dulcimer 

Lucidarium appears with the support of the Republic and Canton of Geneva and the Swiss Performers’ Collective



Alleluya Odeh Adonai    

Roman tradition (Excerpt from the “Mishmara” pre-circumcision vigil)

Adonai con voi, lieta brigada 

Ghirardo da Panico, from Fillipo Azzaiolo: Il terzo libro delle Villote… Venice: A. Gardano, 1569, reconstr. by Avery Gosfield 

From ‘Doz Mensh Geglikhn’  (The Ages of Man)    

Text: anon., (Elias Bachur Levita? 1469 -1549), Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Can. Or. 12, 

Music: “Bergamasche” from the Hainhofer Lautenbuch, Uhrovec ms. and the Italian tradition


Guglielmo Ebreo da Pesaro

Selections from “Me’on HaShoalim” (bordone senza parole….)  Text: Moise da Rieti (1388 - after 1460), Music: Roman tradition, arr. Enrico Fink

Tempio di chi chiede un fin perfetto    

Text: Deborah Ascarelli (ca. 1510 - ca. 1580), Music: La insuportabil pena e ‘l foco ardente

Capitoli, Andrea de Antiquis. Frottole libro IX, Ottaviano Petrucci, 1509

Azo vil ikh zing’n un’ vil nit lig’n    

text, anon, hebr. oct. 219 music: “Was soll Man op di Abend thun”, Hainhofer Lautenbuch

Pavana di Parigi

Gardano, Intabolatura nova di varie sorte de balli,da sonare, 1551

Es ist kain grosser frayd uf erden

text, ms. hebr. oct. 219

Music: anon, “Es ist uf erden kein schwerer leiden”

Ele Divrei Habaress

text, ms. hebr. oct. 219


Guglielmo Ebreo da Pesaro

Shir Nashir la Kalla    

Text: anon., National and University Library of Jerusalem 8.0 3312, 

Music: anon, Cancionero de Palacio, “Non quiero ser monja”

Fenus wolt in spiegel sehn

text, anon., Stadt- und Universitaetsbibliothek, Frankfurt am Main, Ms. hebr. oct. 219, 

melody: anon., “Magdeburg ist” 

Sheva Barakhut

Wedding blessing, Florentine tradition

Passamezzo, Saltarello alla Bolognese

Giovanni Maria da Crema

Ya saliò della mar

Sephardic traditional wedding song, Morocco

Dice la nostra novia

Sephardic Wedding Song originally performed by Alicia Benassayag, Tetuan, Morocco


Traditional Italian


LUCIDARIUM is an ensemble specializing in medieval and Renaissance music. Each program is the fruit of a long period of research and preparation in various fields, resulting in a different sonority for each program: a vivacious combination of voices and instruments with the freedom in execution which comes from a solid knowledge of musical style and historical background. Although the research for the various projects is the responsibility of its two directors, the final product is developed collectively, the result of rehearsals where each musician is fully involved in the creative process.  From its founding, this combination of meticulous preparation, joyful improvisation and energetic music-making has brought both popular and critical acclaim to the ensemble.

LUCIDARIUM’s work is currently divided between two projects: Ars Italica, which explores different aspects of Italy’s culture through its music and poetry, and Ars Hebraica, dedicated to the creative reconstruction of the soundscape of the Jews in Renaissance Europe.

Ensemble members collaborate regularly with important educational and scientific institutions, like the Universities of Arizona, California, Maryland and Wisconsin, the Centre de Musique Ancienne de Genève, the CERIMM of Royaumont, the Maîtrise de Paris, the Antwerps Universiteit and the Sorbonne, and the Compagnie Sandrine Anglade.  Besides lectures, and workshops and master classes for young professionals, the group has developed various projects for school-age children: workshops, outreach concerts, and musical theater programs. LUCIDARIUM has won grants from Pro Helvetia, the European Association for European Culture, the Haddasah Brandeis and the Rothschild Foundations.  In addition, the group works closely with Italian and Swiss consulates throughout the globe.

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