Announcing New Album Release – May 2018
Epiphany: Biber, Buxtehude, Kapsberger, & Bach
Three Notch’d Road, Inc.
P.O. Box 4920
Charlottesville, VA 22905
Please allow about one week for delivery.
The pairing of unaccompanied works by J.S. Bach with H.I.F. Biber’s meditations on the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary stems from the theory that Bach’s first Sonata and first Partita express the Church’s liturgical seasons of Nativity and Epiphany via hidden clues: chorale quotations and rhythmic devices such as the evocation of a “Shepherd’s pastorale” in the Siciliana from Sonata 1. The Chaconne from Partita 2 in D minor is frequently paired in performance with various Passion chorales, as per Helga Thoene’s research. Epiphany is a season of light, as in Candlemas on February 2nd: Christ’s Presentation in the Temple solemnized by the blessing of candles for the year to come. This musical expression of enlightened mind and open-hearted joy led me to the Buxtehude sonata for viola da gamba as well as Biber’s delightful Partita for two scordatura violins. Kapsberger’s mysterious toccata for theorbo rounded out a setting of these works in historical and cultural context. Many thanks to these talented musicians, engineers, and venue hosts for helping realize this project.
-Fiona Hughes, Artistic Director
Three Notch’d Road’s debut album
Shepherd’s Star: Music for Twelfth Night
For this album of Christmas and Epiphany music, Three Notch’d Road draws on a rich heritage of early American carols as well as several centuries of European musical tradition. From humble shepherds to the kings of the east, the star of Epiphany has inspired diverse musical offerings of which we chose a delightful sampling.
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