Mikolaj Gomolka - Audite, Gentes! (Psalms of the Golden Age)
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Label: CD Accord
Cat No: ACD214
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 5th May 2015
ArtistsPaulina Ceremuzynska (soprano)
Fernando Reyes (vihuela)
Carlos Castro (percussion)
Melodies for the Polish Psalter by Mikołaj Gomółka is a collection of 150 compositions intended as a musical setting for Jan Kochanowski’s poetic translation of the Book of Psalms.
Seemingly simple in style, Gomółka’s melodies are a true compendium of various musical forms. The performing practice was a lot less rigid than we might think today. The musical score of each psalm was really a proposal, opening up the possibility for many different interpretations, ie for several voices accompanied by lute, organ or other instruments; for solo voice accompanied by lute, vihuela or other harmonic or melodic instruments.
Melodies could also be accompanied by percussion instruments, since the presence of dance forms can be found in many of Gomółka’s psalms. Those same dances could also be included in the interpretation of Melodies - as ritornelli or preludes.
Mikołaj Gomółka’s work offers rich interpretive possibilities. Its version for lute (by lute we also mean the vihuela and the renaissance guitar) is perhaps the one that lets us approach the text most closely and the one that moves the affections most.
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