The Viennese School: Music from the Court of Maximilian I

March 04 – 06, 2022
St. Mark's Church and on-demand
$35 (in-person); multiple pricing options for on-demand

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The virtual concert will be available for streaming on Friday, March 18. Click here to purchase tickets for the virtual concert.

In March, Folger Consort traces the origins of Vienna’s history as an epicenter of musical activity with music from the earliest “Viennese School” – the assembly of composers at the court of Emperor Maximilian I around the year 1500. The program celebrates one of Maximilian's brightest stars, the composer Ludwig Senfl. Although separated by centuries, connections between Senfl and later Viennese composers abound, as in the continuation of the tenorlied songwriting tradition by Franz Schubert, shared text settings by Johannes Brahms, and in the sparkling contrapuntal music of Anton Webern, who of all the later composers examined his Viennese musical heritage back to the 1500s most closely. These later Viennese works are performed in new arrangements for the Consort’s early instruments by composer David Froom, and the concert will also include the world premiere of Froom’s setting of "Lament of the City" by the poet Sue Standing. With tenor Steven Soph and Renaissance strings and winds.   

Scroll down for program details. The following playlist offers a preview of some of the music on the program. Folger Consort arrangements heard in concert will vary from these recordings.

We look forward to welcoming you to in-person performances. Please note: Attendees 12 years old and over are required to show proof of vaccination with a photo ID. All attendees are required to wear a mask. Fully vaccinated musicians will not be wearing masks while performing. The Folger is committed to maintaining the highest level of health and safety precautions around COVID-19. Click here for more information on how we are keeping our audience and performers safe.

Join Folger Consort Artistic Director Robert Eisenstein for a related Early Music Seminar on Wednesday, March 2, at 6:00pm. Access to the Early Music Seminar is free for Folger Consort subscribers.

Who's Who

Artistic Director, Viol
David Froom
Composer, Arranger
Artistic Director, Lute
Dan Meyers
Winds, Percussion
Steven Soph
Zoe Weiss


I. Music of Ludwig Senfl
Mit Lust tritt ich an diesen Tanz
Das Lang
Ach Elselein
Ich stuend an einem Morgen
Wohlauf, wohlauf, Jung und Alt 

II. Senfl and the Viennese Modernists
Senfl: Canon a3 ("Laudate dominum")
Anton Webern, arranged David Froom: Canon, op.16, no.1
Senfl: Tandernacken
Arnold Schoenberg, arranged Froom: "O alter Duft" from Pierrot Lunaire
Senfl: Will niemand singen

III. World Premiere
David Froom: Lament for the City

IV. Senfl and the Romantics
Senfl: Lamentatio
Senfl/Johannes Brahms: Von edler Art
Senfl: Freundliches K.
Franz Schubert, arranged Froom: An Sylvia (from Two Gentlemen of Verona)
Senfl/Brahms: Mit Lust tät ich ausreiten 

V. Music of Senfl
Lust hab ich g'habt zur Musica
Fortuna ad voces musicales
Fortuna desperata / Nasci, pati, mori
Im Maien
Ich weiss nit, was es er verhiess