Musica Poetica is that discipline of music which teaches how to compose… in order to sway the hearts and spirits of individuals
(Joachim Burmeister, 1606)
The Netherlands-based group Musica Poetica brings together musicians from all over the world who specialise in early music, many having completed their studies in the Netherlands. For this concert, they are joined by Irish-based colleagues Nicola Cleary and Marja Gaynor. They all share an interest in performing music from the 17th and 18th centuries from a historically informed perspective, using instruments from that period. Director Jörn Boysen's view is that while certain early music conventions have been widely accepted and absorbed in classical music in recent decades, some musicians have neglected research and experiment, and a mainstream of "historically informed" performance has arisen which relies on clichéd ideas of historical practices. Musica Poetica swims against this tide and strives to renew the radicalism of the early music movement’s first decades.
Jörn Boysen believes that a deep understanding of the music and its different styles, as well as a high technical standard of playing, leads to convincing and stirring performances. Audience response and the very positive reviews of Musica Poetica’s work seem to confirm Boysen’s belief that critical research of the historical sources, analysis of the works, and adequate rehearsal periods help to communicate the music to the audience.