A tale of two lovers told by brass, continuo, and voice.
The most poetic book of the Bible, Song of Songs (or Song of Solomon) is in fact a dialogue between two lovers. Acclaimed Swiss ensemble Canticum Trombonorum presents the journey of these famed lovers, through motets set by late-Renaissance and early-baroque Italian composers, instrumental interludes, and exploring the different possible combinations of two trombones, organ, theorbo, and a high voice.
Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre | 427 Bloor St West, Toronto, ON
Please note: There is no pre-concert lecture for this concert.
Health & Safety: We strongly encourage all guests to wear masks in consideration of others sharing the space. However, masks are not strictly required, and we cannot guarantee a fully-masked environment.
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About Canticum Trombonorum
From the hypothesis that there might have been trombonists in the sixteenth or seventeenth centuries who enjoyed playing duets together, the question is raised: what music might they have played? One obvious possible answer is, simply, whatever music they could get their hands on that fit their taste and abilities. This is of course pure conjecture, but it is in that spirit that canticum trombonorum shamelessly borrows vocal and instrumental repertoire and uses it as a vehicle to explore the vocal qualities and expressive power of baroque trombones and the rich interplay that emerges when used as a pair or with few voices in intimate and virtuosic settings, outside of the bombast of large scale works or the instrumental prowess of chamber music with cornetts or violins, where trombones are more commonly heard. Founded in 2019 and based in Basel, Switzerland, the group comprises at its core the trombonists Maximilien Brisson and Tin Cugelj, who developed a strong friendship and musical partnership during their studies at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. The group’s programmes see them joining forces with some of today’s best singers and continuo players.