Like other stringed instruments, members of the viola da gamba family come in different sizes.

The Arizona Senior Academy is privileged to host a special concert of 16th and 17th century English music by the internationally renowned English viol consort, Fretwork. Scheduled for Monday (March 20) at 11:30 a.m., Fretwork brings their program, “In Nomine,” to the Academy courtesy of the Arizona Early Music Society, the generous sponsor of this concert.

Fretwork’s members include Asako Morikawa, Richard Boothby, Reiko Ichise, Emily Ashton, and Sam Stadlen, all of whom play period instruments from the viola da gamba family.

Few other ensembles can match the range of Fretwork’s repertory, spanning the first printed music of 1501 in Venice to music commissioned by the group this year. This extraordinary breadth of music has taken them all over the world in the 25 years since their debut, and their recordings of the classic English viol repertory—Purcell, Gibbons, Lawes and Byrd—have become the benchmark by which others are judged.

“In Nomine” was a style of instrumental music based on plainsong antiphon and was named after John Taverner’s setting of the “In nomine Domini” (In the name of the Lord) section of the Benedictus in his mass, Gloria tibi Trinitas. Taverner’s “In nomine Domini” served as a model for similar works by composers such as Tye, Parsons, Byrd, Gibbons and Lawes. Although instrumental styles changed, the title and plainsong melody remained in use through the time of Henry Purcell.

Written by Leslie Nitzberg, Academy Village Volunteer

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English Viol Consort comes to the ASA: March 2017