9 September, 7 pm
Palace of the Grand Dukes, Katedros a. 4, Vilnius
William Byrd 400 years anniversary concert
Alina Rotaru – harpsichord (Germany)
Parthenia, or the Maydenhead of the first musicke that was ever printed for the Virginalls is perhaps the most important early publication of English keyboard music. It was first published either late 1612 or early 1613 and was the first printed collection of keyboard music to appear in England. It was conceived as a wedding gift to Princess Elizabeth Stuart and Frederick V, Elector Palatine of the Rhine, which took place on Valentine’s Day 14th February 1613. Parthenia consists of pieces by three different composers (referred to as "three famous Masters" on the title page): William Byrd (c. 1540–1623), John Bull (c. 1562–1628), and Orlando Gibbons (1583–1625) and is divided into three sections, with each section presenting the music of a single composer.
Harpsichordist Alina Rotaru has earned an excellent reputation as a specialist of 17th century keyboard music. This recital is our festival’s contribution to the 400 years anniversary of William Byrd's death, and it replaces the initially planned concert of Capriccio Stravagante, which has been canceled on short notice due to illness.