Sat, 26 Jun | Baroque castle Rammenau

The Silesian Apollo: Martin Opitz and Music

"The cradle of German opera": Madrigals by Heinrich Schütz, Andreas Hammerschmidt and Constantin Christian Dedekind on poetry by Martin Opitz. Concert in the baroque castle Rammenau, part 2 (18:30)
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The Silesian Apollo: Martin Opitz and Music

Time & Location

26 Jun, 16:30
Baroque castle Rammenau, Am Schloß 4, 01877 Rammenau, Germany

About the Event

Supported by funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media in the Silesian Museum in Görlitz and the Central German Baroque Music in Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia eV, we the Ars Augusta eV association are starting an unusual project in June that will take place in Görlitz and on both sides of the Neisse river. It is a “journey” back in time 400 years ago, when in our region, stimulated by the Reformation and late humanism, art produced amazing fruits, and in the terrible time of the 30-year war the artists wanted to inspire common human ideals of antiquity and early Christianity to the people.

The poet Martin Opitz was born in Bunzlau in 1597 and died in Gdansk in 1636. With his “Little Book of German Poetry” he wanted to reform German poetry based on the example of poets from antiquity. Heinrich Schütz had just returned to Dresden from Italy and brought with him the madrigals and the libretto of one of the first operas, “Daphne” by Peri, which was to be translated into German. The first German opera "Dafne", which was performed in Torgau, Saxony in 1627, marked the beginning of the collaboration between Martin Opitz and Heinrich Schütz. Many composers followed: They wrote madrigals, mottets, songs and other operas, poetry and music flourished.

On June 20, young musicians and lecturers from all over Europe will meet in the ideally for such a workshop suited rooms of the PEREGRINUS hostel in Görlitz (the former college for church music). They come from Amsterdam, Vienna and Dresden, Italy and Poland, even Bulgaria, Israel and Greece to study these poems and the music that goes with them.

The result will be a semi-staged concert in the baroque castle Rammenau and in the former evangelical church in Zeliszow-Giersdorf (near Boleslawiec-Bunzlau). A lecture on Martin Opitz as an important Silesian poet is also planned in Görlitz, as well as an open master class (how to sing madrigals), which will take place in front of an audience. The final concert of the project will also be recorded in sound and image. We will then publish a brochure with a selection of the poems in German and Polish.

We would like to cordially invite you to take part in this fascinating project as a guest!

"Silesian Apollo: Martin Opitz and the music"

Public master class on Friday June 25, 2021, between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Lecture with German studies specialist Ms. Dr Jolanta Szafarz at 6:30 p.m.

PEREGRINUS, Langenstrasse 37, Görlitz

Admission free, registration required due to a hygiene concept.

Tel. Paul Knobloch Mobile: 0173 7505249, Mail:

"The cradle of German opera" concert

Baroque castle Rammenau on June 26, 2021, at 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Baroque castle Rammenau, Am Schloss 4 | 01877 Rammenau | Germany

Telephone +49 (0) 3594 703559

Divided into two different concerts due to the hygiene concept. Registration and tickets under the link.

"The Silesian Apollo | Martin Opitz and Music" Semi-staged concert

The Pearl of Zeliszow (former Protestant church in Zeliszow / Bunzlau), at 4 p.m. and at 5:30 p.m.

Free entry. Donations are welcome. Registration at: Link

or by phone at +49 3581 8778460 (Germany) and +48 502 991789 (Poland)

Artistic conception: Eleni Ioannidou

Lecturers and contributors: Enrique Gomez-Cabrero Fernandez (historical practice), Prof. Britta Schwarz (vocals), Michele Cinquina (lute accompaniment)

Costumes: Anna Utko

Ensemble: Academia Ars Augusta

Anna Bachleitner, Sopran

Shira Miriam Cohen, Sopran

Ioulia Spanou, Alt

Christian Bild, Tenor

Nathaniel Kondrat, Bass

Enrique Gomez-Cabrero Fernandez,Barockvioline

Lukas Hamberger, Barockvioline

Ela Kaluchiewicz, Viola da gamba

Dimitri Dimitrov, Organs

Michele Cinquina, Lute


Heinrich Schütz (1585, Köstritz - 1672, Dresden)

Madrigale zu Lyrik von Martin Opitz (1597, Bunzlau - 1639, Danzig)

Itzt blicken durch des Himmels Saal SWV 460.

Die Erde trinkt für sich SWV 438.

Glück zu den Helikon SWV 96.

Aus "Salomons Hohenlied" (übersetzt von Opitz)

Nachdem ich lag in meinem öden Bette SWV 451.

Liebster, sagt in süssen Schmerzen SWV 438.

Läßt Salomon sein Bette nicht umgeben SWV 452

Madrigale von Heinrich Schütz nicht nach Opitz

Teutoniam dudum belli SWV 338.

O dolcezze amarissime d´Amore SWV 1.

Siehe wie fein und lieblich ist's SWV 48.

Andreas Hammerschmidt (1611, Brüx, 1675, Zittau)

Aus Geistlichen Dialogen II Salomons Hohenlied - Andert Teil

Wie die güldnen Rosen Zier.

Komm Nordwind.


Wenn Gott auf unsre Lenden.

Wer Gott das Herze giebet.

Tugend ist der beste Freund.

Constantin Christian Dedekind (Reinsdorf, 1628- Dresden, 1715)

Aus "Elbianische Musenlust" (1657) Zehn Opitzianische

Der Morgenröth ihr Sachen befördert alle Sachen.

Die Augen merken oftmals an.

"Academia Ars Augusta", a young, privately initiated institution that deals with the research and study of early music in collaboration with young artists in the European city of Görlitz-Zgorzelec, had already dedicated its first project to the madrigals of Claudio Monteverdi. In 2019 she brought Antonio Lotti's opera "Giove in Argo" (as a first performance in modern times) to the stage of the Kurtheater in Bad Salzbrunn and in the Palais im Grossen Garten in Dresden for the three hundredth anniversary of the famous planetary festivals of 1719 .

The instrumentalists (2 violins, viola, viola da gamba, theorbo and organ) play on replicas of historical instruments in the original tuning of A = 414 Hz.

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