La Romanesca

Love Lyrics and Romances
Early Music

Hartley Newnham — countertenor
Ruth Wilkinson — recorders, vielle, viola da gamba
Ros Bandt — recorders, psaltery, flute
John Griffiths — lute and vihuela

Sunday, 7th March, 2010 2 pm
Gisborne St, East Melbourne
Melways 2F Kl

Meet the Artists

LA ROMANESCA has been a leading force in early music in Australia for over three decades. Formed in 1978, La Romanesca has built its reputation on a style that integrates virtuosity and imagination with scholarship and research. Original instruments and historical performance practices are essential ingredients of La Romanesca’s music, so is the vivacity and warmth for which the ensemble is renowned. La Romanesca has toured widely throughout Australia, Europe, and the United States, and has represented Australia at the Festival of Asian Arts in Hong Kong. The ensemble has appeared at many festivals at home and abroad, including the Adelaide and Sydney Festivals, and has made numerous radio and television appearances. La Romanesca records for Move Records.

Hartley Newnham is well known as a countertenor , but also sings baritone and, in recent years, has been composing for theatre and dance. His repertoire ranges from Troubadour songs to the avant-garde and jazz. He studied singing in Paris a nd London, performing concerts with William Christie and JeanClaude Malgoire and broadcasting for Radio France and the BBC. He has commissioned new works by Ross Edwards and Anne Boyd and performed them internationally. He teaches singing at Geelong Grammar School.

Ruth Wilkinson is a recorder and viol player whose musical expertise and passions are based on the performance of music from the 12th to the 184 century. Her performances have been praised for their musical integrity, imagination and brilliance. As a member of many of Australia’s most established early music ensembles including, La Romanesca , Capella Corelli and Consort Eclectus (heard recently on Sunday Live from the Melbourne studios in December 2009) she has toured extensively throughout Australia, Europe and South East Asia for Musica Viva. She has recorded numerous CDs on Move and Larrikin labels with both her ensembles, and has also released a solo recording of French recorder music by Dieupart entitled Countess of Sandwich. Ruth’s playing commitments are complemented by teaching recorder and viola da gamba at the Early Music Studio of University of Melbourne.

Ros Bandt plays renaissance and baroque recorders, renaissance flute, psaltery and percussion. She is also renowned in the area of new music as a sound artist, composer, performer and sound sculptor. Her compositions and sound installations have won numerous national and international awards, including the prestigious Don Banks award in 1991, and the Sound Art Australia prize. Ros frequently tours Europe, America and Asia, performing her own original music and installing sound works Her music is published by Move Records, ABC Records, L’Agence des Refuses, and New Albion, .USA. She has a PhD in contemporary music and is author of several books and writings on sound.

John Griffiths specializes in early plucked instruments, especially medieval and renaissance lutes, vihuela, and early guitars. He performs, teaches and lectures regularly in Europe as well as at the University of Melbourne where he holds a chair in musicology. His recordings published on Move Records include the solo vihuela CD Echo of Orpheus as well as recordings with La Romanesca. He is internationally recognised as an authority on early Spanish music, his research is widely published throughout the world. = In 1993 was knighted for his contribution to Spanish culture. He is currently Vice President of the Sociedad de la Vihuela in Spain and holds an honorary position at the Centre d’Etudes Superieures de la Renaissance at the University of Tours.


From the Cancioneros…
De los alamos vengo, madre Juan Vasquez
Recopilacion de sonetos y villancicos (1560)
Calabaza, no se buen amor
Hermosa Catalina Francisco Guerrero,
Cancionero de Medinaceli (c.1565)
Tres morillas m’enamoraron Anon. Cancionero de Palacio
Es la vida que cobre Anon. Cancionero de la Colombina, c. 1490
Propinan de Melhor Anon. Cancionero de la Colombina

and vihuela books…
Dulces exuviae Alonso Mudarra (1546)
Pavana and Fantasia Luis Milan (1536)
A tierras ajenas Esteban Daza (1576)
Soneto lombardo Enriquez de Valderrabano (1547)
Las voces del fuego Romances y Letras, c. 1580


with a touch of Italy…
Ciaccona Andrea Falconieri
La tricotea Alonso, Cancionero de Palacio
Balletto-Corrente-Balletto-Gagliarda Bartolome de Sema y Salaverde ritual… Cant de la Sibilla 14th century

and ballads of older times…
Nani Nani Sephardic ballad
Por alii paso un caballero Sephardic ballad
Gada munadina Hartley Newnham
Por que lloras nino bianco? Sephardic ballad