Music of Gothic cathedrals and castles to sound in Togliatti

3 December in Togliatti Philharmonic concert – opening! This evening will perform a medieval music ensemble “FLOS FLORUM” with “Gothic arces “: music of Gothic cathedrals and castles”.

“Flower of flowers” in Latin sounds like the name of the ensemble of medieval music “FLOS FLORUM “. This symbol is courtly and religious – at the same time is the essence of Gothic art, filled with the theme of flowering. It is both a secular ideal of chivalrous admiration for a Beautiful lady, and poetize Christian image of the virgin, and symbol of the extraordinary flourishing of the arts in Europe during the Middle ages and Renaissance.

This unusual group was created in 2008 by young local musicians, keen on the idea of recreating the old European music. According to the head of the ensemble of Alexander Starkov, an interest in musical diversity of the middle Ages and Renaissance appeared in his student years: “when I first heard the music of a cappella from the 12th century, became interested in Gregorian chant. Since this all began. Now we find monophonic ringtones XII-XVI centuries, decrypted them,animated various voices, the voices of playing, relying on historical manuscripts, information, descriptions, books and even murals “.

Of particular interest is a unique and continuously expanding collection of vintage instruments, recreated in detail by medieval samples: “the Tools are so rare and unusual for these days, which is almost impossible to find them, so the first tools I had to write out from abroad. So we had the bagpipes and double flute. Another part of the instruments made by artisans to order. Then, partly to save, have any interest to make the tool. Now without it, and cannot live! “.

Currently in the Arsenal of a huge collection of authentic instruments, of which 90% made by the hands of Alexander Starkov: German Renaissance bagpipe, double flute, Prestel, the medieval end-blown flute, viela, rebec, bayran, darbukka, a steep bow, nacre, bells, al-Oud, citola, Anglo-Saxon lyre, psaltery and gittern.

According to the musicians, performed music they bring elements of modernity, so it is easy to perceive and can be listened to without special training.

Overall the concert was “FLOS FLORUM” is a brilliant performance, full of rhythm, surprisingly clear and transparent melodies, tart harmonies, exciting sounds of authentic instruments. Ensemble musicians dressed in stylized costumes appropriate to the era, recreate the atmosphere of medieval performances of vagantov wandering in the old countries of Europe.

The first part of the program “In the Cathedral” will be the music of the Paris Notre Dame Cathedral (XII-XIII CC.), spiritual hymns of the era of “Flaming Gothic” (XV century). The second part called “In the castle” will take in the sights and ceremonies of the French court (XIV century), of love and chivalry lyrics (thirteenth-fourteenth centuries)

The performance of “FLOS FLORUM” makes the music of bygone centuries is close and fun for a wide range of modern listeners.

Today Flos Florum ensemble – presents dozens of concerts at Philharmonic halls of Russia; participation in such festivals as “White nights of Perm” (2012, 2013), “Usadba.Jazz ” (Ekaterinburg, 2013), “Earth and Wind” (Tyumen, 2012), “Transformation” (Yaroslavl, 2013); joint concerts with Nazar Kozhukhar and mark Pekarsky. But the most important is a loyal audience, seeking again and again to visit concerts, to hear the enchanting sounds of ancient instruments, re-touch to a special, incomparable magic ensemble “Flos Florum “.

Immerse yourself in the music of distant eras on 3 December in Togliatti Philharmonic!

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