Norbert_Rodenkirchen_photo-corinne_silva_resized.jpgHameln Anno 1284:

 Medieval flute music on the trail of the Pied Piper

Norbert Rodenkirchen – medieval transverse flutes

with Chris Smith, narrator

Monday, Feb. 2, 2015, 8 pm

Hemmle Recital Hall, Texas Tech University School of Music

Free admission-sponsored by the Texas Tech School of Music, with additional support from Caprock Early Music Association

This Jan. 29-Feb. 2 We are delighted to welcome guest artist Norbert Rodenkirchen of the renowned medieval ensemble Sequentia, who will be giving a lecture and workshop on Friday afternoon January 30 for the Early Music Ensemble and the TTU Flute Studio, and presenting his "Hameln Anno 1248" concert program on Monday evening Feb 2 in Hemmle Recital Hall at the TTU School of Music.

Here is more information about the concert: 


Flutist Norbert Rodenkirchen immersed us deeply into the world of the Middle Ages…the music unfolds an almost bewitching spell.” – Fono Forum 

The legend of the mysterious flautist who in the year 1284 enticed the children away from the town of Hamelin with his music has retained its fascination up to the present day. Recent research suggests that the Pied Piper may have been an actual person—a flute-playing medieval recruitment officer, commissioned by the aristocracy from the territories south of the Baltic coast to attract young families to migrate to these areas. Early documents tell us that such a person succeeded in mobilising a large crowd of young people in Hamelin in the summer of 1284. What music might he have played?

Norbert Rodenkirchen, an internationally-known specialist in medieval flute music and a member of the renowned medieval music ensemble Sequentia, has long been fascinated by the figure of the Pied Piper. He was inspired to embark on a search for the story’s musical sources, which he found in the melodies of Prince Wizlaw III of Ruegen and his teacher, the so-called “Ungelahrte” (“Untaught”), augmented by ancient Slavonic dances from Northern Poland and the tunes of German minnesingers of the late 13th century. With his extensive experience in medieval improvisation, Norbert Rodenkirchen has utilised these musical models to weave a series of enchanting melodies in the style of medieval travelling musicians which could quite conceivably have been played by the Pied Piper himself.

In 2012 the Christophorus label released Norbert Rodenkirchen´s CD “Hameln Anno 1284 – Medieval music on the trail of the Pied Piper” which received tremendous public attention internationally. This summer, Norbert Rodenkirchen will be performing this program at the Boston Early Music Festival, one of the most prestigious early music events in the world. We are most fortunate to be able to bring him to Lubbock for a performance of this enthralling, improvisatory, and enchanting music (with free admission through the support of the TTU School of Music—an incredible opportunity). We hope you will join us, and be transported for an evening back to the thirteenth century!


May 1 - May 4, the TTU Mainstage Theater presents William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, Or What You Will
Directed by Bill Gelber
Maedgen Theater, Texas Tech University

Heart-sick nobles, saucy servants, mistaken identities: all collide in a delightful mix of the high and low in Shakespeare's richest comedy about the things we do for love. In the words of Duke Orsino, "If music be the food of love, play on!"

Music for Twelfth Night will be provided onstage by members of the cast and of the TTU Early Music Ensemble.  

Concert: O Mistress Mine: Music for Shakespeare's Twelfth Night 
April 14, 2014  7PM  St. Paul on the Plains, 1510 Ave X, Lubbock TX
Free; donations for TTU Theater will be gratefully accepted

Twelfth Night is one of Shakespeare’s most musically-rich plays. Characters break into song, and their dialogue frequently references many popular tunes of the day.  The Bard’s audience would have known these songs well, and “got the jokes” – and we will, too, if we get to hear some of the music before we actually see the play, which is being presented by the TTU Theater Department May 1 through May 4 at the Maedgen Theater, with live music provided by members of the Texas Tech Early Music Ensemble.  If you want to “get” all the jokes, you can hear the music beforehand at a concert called “O Mistress Mine—Music for Twelfth Night,” presented by the Texas Tech Early Music Ensemble Monday evening April 14 at 7PM at St. Paul’s on the Plains Church (1510 Ave. X) .  The concert is a fundraiser for the Twelfth Night production, and donations will be gratefully accepted at the event. Come hear the music that Shakespeare heard!

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