Sun, 27 Jun | "The Pearl" - Żeliszów historic church

The Silesian Apollo: Martin Opitz and Music

Concert in the home of Martin Opitz, Bunzlau (Boleslawiec) Madrigals by Heinrich Schütz, Andreas Hammerschmidt and Constantin Christian Dedekind. Completion of the workshops with Enrique Gomez-Cabrero Fernandez and Neithard Bethke.
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The Silesian Apollo: Martin Opitz and Music

Time & Location

27 Jun, 16:00
"The Pearl" - Żeliszów historic church, Żeliszów 103, 59-700 Żeliszów, Polen

About the Event

Free entry. Donations for the further renovation of the church are collected.

Because of the limited space, it is advisable to reserve spaces using the registration form.


Heinrich Schütz (1585, Köstritz - 1672, Dresden)

Madrigals to poetry by Martin Opitz (1597, Bunzlau - 1639, Danzig)

Itzt look through the heavenly room SWV 460.

Lucky for the Helikon SWV 96

Virtue is the best friend SWV 442

The earth drinks for itself SWV 438

After I lay in my boring bed SWV 451

Doesn't Salomon have his bed surrounded by SWV 452

Andreas Hammerschmidt (1611, Brüx, 1675, Zittau)

Three madrigals to poetry by Martin Opitz

See, my friend, you are beautiful

My dear how beautiful you are

Like the ornament of golden roses

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

Three songs from the “Elbianischen Musen-Lust” to lyrics by Martin Opitz

Heinrich Schütz

Three madrigals

O primavera

O dolcezze amarissime d'Amore

Tell the guests, SWV


Academia Ars Augusta

(Soloists: 2 soprano, 1 alto, 1 tenor, 1 bass)

The Lausitz Baroque Ensemble (2 violins, viola da gamba, theorbo and organ)

Conductor: Enrique Gomez-Cabrero Fernandez

A project by the Ars-Augusta eV association in collaboration with the "Your Heritage" foundation (Fundacja twoje dziedzictwo).

Funded by the Central German Baroque Music in Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia eV

Free entry. Donations for the further renovation of the church are welcome.

About the concert:

Many people don't know that German opera was born in our cultural area (Saxony and Silesia). At the beginning of the 17th century, when the Camerata Fiorentina, a group of artists and nobles, celebrated opera as the rebirth of ancient Greek tragedy, one of the most important Renaissance composers between the Elbe and Oder was Heinrich Schütz, who was born in Köstritz in 1585 . In 1597, Martin Opitz was born in Bunzlau, Silesia. He was the founder of the Silesian School of Poetry and an influential poet of German literature at the time.

During his trip through Italy Schütz heard the first opera called "Dafne" by Jakopo Peri based on a text by Rinuncini. He wanted to do something similar in Germany. Around 1625 Opitz visited Dresden to write a comedy comedy with Heinrich Schütz Opitz translated and adapted Rinuncini's libretto into German, and so the first German opera "Dafne" was created, premiered in Hartenfels Castle in Torgau in 1627. While the text-poetry has survived, the music for it is unfortunately lost.

Heinrich Schütz also composed some madrigals based on poems by Martin Opitz. The madrigal is a small vowel form, a kind of harbinger of the operatic form. Heinrich Schütz created small, musical pearls especially for this genre, which are by no means inferior to those of his Italian colleague Claudio Monteverdi, on the contrary.

"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.

Led by the opera singer Eleni Ioannidou, the association "Ars Augusta eV" has launched important and unusual projects in its four years of existence. Above all, the multi-talented musician is dedicated to rediscovering the common cultural heritage in the tri-border region of Silesia / Saxony / Bohemia. For the three hundredth anniversary of the famous planetary festivals of 1719, the association brought the opera “Giove in Argo” by Antonio Lotti (as a first performance in modern times) to the stage of the Kurtheater in Bad Salzbrunn and the Palais in the Great Garden in Dresden. This year (2020) the opera was repeated with great success in the Gerhart-Hauptmann-Theater in Görlitz. The production was funded by the "Mitteldeutsche Barockmusik eV"

The same institution will also support the project that the "Academia Ars Augusta" is preparing for the year 2021 and that will deal with the fruitful collaboration between the Saxon composer Heinrich Schütz and the Silesian poet Martin Opitz. The poems will be translated into Polish in an accompanying brochure, while a group of five promising young artists from Poland and Saxony as well as from other European countries will be selected through an open audition.

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

The project is musically led by the Spanish baroque violinist and conductor Enrique Gomez-Cabrero Fernandez, who lives in Wroclaw and has been the ensemble's concertmaster for two years.

The final concert will then take place in the baroque castle Rammenau on June 26, 2021.

Madrigals by Heinrich Schütz and Andreas Hammerschmidt as well as songs by Constantin Christian Dedekind from the compendium “Elbianische Musen-Lust”, always to texts by Martin Opitz, are presented. That will take us back four hundred years when the Renaissance raised its voice in Saxony at the end of the Thirty Years' War.

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