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Musica Mundana

Musica Mundana

Eric Thomas (lute and theorbo) and Annemarie Klein (recorder), deliver an exclusive masterclass on organology and early chamber music taking us on a sonic historical journey through time, across the XV and XVII centuries. An absolute privilege.

Pianodrome

Early Music

Instrumentation

  • Eric Thomas - Lute and Theorbo
  • Annemarie Klein - Recorders

Repertoire

A Garden of Early Delights

Musica Mundana take you on a journey through the musical past of Europe, from the love-forlorn madrigals of sixteenth century, through the virtuosic fireworks of seventeenth-century Italian instrumentalists Dario Castello and Giovanni Girlamo Kapsberger, to the decadence and lusciousness of the French Baroque, and finally to the folk traditions of 18th-century England and Scotland. Engagingly presented, this programme makes for a perfect lunchtime or evening recital and can be adapted to suit specific needs.

Biography

Annemarie Klein and Eric Thomas are an Edinburgh-based duo who met during their undergraduate music degree at The University of Edinburgh, where they performed together on recorders and guitar. They reconnected following their respective post-graduate early music performance degrees and formed the ensemble Musica Mundana to focus on performing music from the sixteenth to the mid-eighteenth centuries.

Annemarie Klein completed her undergraduate music degree at the University of Edinburgh in 2013, and her MA in recorder performance at Lemmensinstituut in Leuven, Belgium, in 2015, where she studied with Bart Coen and Bart Spanhove. She enjoys performing music from the mediaeval to the modern and as well as being a member of Musica Mundana, she also plays with the Spinacino Consort and Ensemble 32:44. She has played with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and has appeared as a soloist with Ensemble Ad Libitum. Annemarie believes in sharing her passion for music and the recorder, and regularly teaches at residential courses on recorder playing throughout the UK.

Eric Thomas is a lutenist based in Edinburgh. He studied music at Edinburgh University, and went onto to pursue his interest in early music completing an MMus in Historically Informed Performance Practice, jointly at The University of Glasgow and RCS. Eric continued his studies at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam and is currently a Phd candidate at the University of Huddersfield. As well as with his own groups Musica Mundana and the Spinacino Consort, Eric has played with the Kellie Consort, The Brewery Band, and Dowland Works with Dame Emma Kirkby. He has appeared at festivals throughout the UK including the Aldeburgh Festival, London International Strings Festival, Rye Arts Festival and Brighton Early Music Festival.

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