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Michal Gondko plays 'Polonica'

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Published on May 4, 2015

Michal Gondko plays four ‘Polonica’ from the manuscript II.6.15 of the Musikbibliothek der Stadt Leipzig (dated 1615, formerly known as ‘Dlugoraj Lute Book’ but more likely copied by an anonymous student of the Leipzig University). In this and other European sources of lute music dating from around 1600, the Latin word ‘polonicum’ is often used to identify a piece of music with Polish connections.

I. [Chorea] eiusdem nationis (= polonica), p. 405
II. Cantio polonica, p. 489
III. Villanella polonica, p. 481
IV. Chorea polonica A[lberti] D[lugoraj], p. 407

These and 36 more pieces can be heard on the CD ‘Polonica: Lute Music With Polish Connections Around 1600’ (2015), available from Outhere (http://www.outhere-music.com/) and other major music retailers.

Instrument: 7-course lute by Paul Thomson, 1996, after Italian models.

Filmed in July 2014 in the St Mary's Church, Sastamala (Finland), during the 19th edition of the Sastamala Gregoriana Early Music Festival (http://www.sastamalagregoriana.fi).

Special thanks to Chris and Maiju.

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