Dickey – Tamminga Duo Bio - St Cecilia Cathedral Music

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“That Lascivious Cornetto….”
Bruce Dickey, cornetto
Liuwe Tamminga, organ
October 2014
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“That lascivious cornetto….” Bruce Dickey, Cornetto – Liuwe Tamminga, organ Giovanni Maria Trabaci c. 1575-­‐1647 Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina 1525-­‐1594 Ascanio Trombetti 1544-­‐1590 Samuel Scheidt 1587-­‐1654 Josquin des Prez c. 1450-­‐1521 Gioseffo Guami 1542-­‐1611 Gioseffo Guami Giovanni Gabrieli 1556-­‐1612 Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck 1562-­‐1621 Palestrina Santiago de Murcia c.1682-­‐c.1740 Gaetano Greco c. 1657-­‐ c. 1728 Canzon francese terza Consonanze Stravaganti Canzone francese settima cromatica Ricercar III (ms. Rome) Emendemus in melio, motet with divisions by Bruce Dickey Bergamasca Mille regretz, chanson with divisions by Bruce Dickey Canzon La Brillantina I N T E R V A L Canzon L’Armoniosa Canzon La Guamina Canzon La Novellina Canzon del 2° tono Canzon a 5 (1615) Ricercar del 10° tono Canzon II a 4 (1608) Canzon La Spiritata (1609) Balletto del granduca, 5 variations Nigra sum, motet with divisions by Bruce Dickey Tarantelas (1714) Tarantella con varie partite (ms. Napoli) www.sethcooperarts.com
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Bruce Dickey is one of a handful of musicians worldwide who have dedicated themselves to reviving the
cornetto - once an instrument of great virtuosi, but which lamentably fell into disuse in the 19th century.
The revival began in the 1950s, but it was largely Bruce Dickey, who, from the late 1970s, created a new
renaissance of the instrument, allowing the agility and expressive power of the cornetto to be heard once
again. His many students, over more than 30 years of teaching at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, have
helped to consolidate and elevate the status of this once forgotten instrument. For his achievements the
Historic Brass Society awarded him in 2000 the prestigious Christopher Monk Award for "his monumental
work in cornetto performance, historical performance practice and musicological scholarship." In 2007 he
was honored by British conductor and musicologist Andrew Parrott with a “Taverner Award” as one of 14
musicians whose “significant contributions to musical understanding have been motivated by neither
commerce nor ego.”
In the course of his long career as a performer and recording artist he has worked with most of the leading
figures in the field of early music, including the legendary pioneers of historically informed perfomance,
Gustav Leonhardt, Frans Brüggen and Nikolaus Harnoncourt. He was a member for over ten years of
Jordi Savall’s Hesperion XX , and has frequently and repeatedly collaborated wth Ton Koopman, Monica
Huggett, Philippe Herreweghe and many others. Of special importance has been his long-time friendship
and collaboration with Andrew Parrott, and in more recent years with Konrad Junghänel.
Bruce Dickey can be heard on countless recordings. His solo CD ("Quel lascivissimo cornetto...") on
Accent with the ensemble Tragicomedia was awarded the Diapason d’or. His second solo CD, entitled “La
Bella Minuta”, has just been released on the Passacaille label.
In addition to performing, Bruce Dickey is much in demand as a teacher, both of the cornetto and of
seventeenth-century performance practice. In addition to his regular class at the Schola Cantorum he has
taught at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, and the Early Music
Institute at Indiana University, as well as master classes in the United States, Canada, Europe and Japan.
He is also active in research on performance practice, and has published, together with Michael Collver, a
catalog of the surviving cornetto repertoire, and, together with trumpeter Edward Tarr, a book on historical
wind articulation. In 1997, together with his wife Candace Smith, he founded Artemisia Editions, a small
publishing house which produces editions of music from17th-century Italian convents.
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Liuwe Tamminga is considered one of the major specialists of sixteenth and seventeenth century Italian
repertoires for organ. He is the organist of the historic organs at the Basilica of San Petronio in Bologna
together with Luigi Ferdinando Tagliavini, where he plays the magnificent instruments by Lorenzo da Prato
(1471-75) and Baldassarre Malamini (1596).
He has recorded several compact discs, among them: the complete works of Marc’Antonio Cavazzoni
(awarded the “Diapason d’Or”, Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik 2005, Goldberg 5 stars); the
complete Fantasies of Frescobaldi (best recording of Amadeus, March 2006 and Diapason 5 stars),
complete Ricercars (“Diapason d’Or”) and complete Capricci; “Mozart in Italia” (Preis der Deutschen
Schallplattenkritik 2006 and Diapason 5 stars); and a recording dedicated to Andrea and Giovanni
Gabrieli, together with L. F. Tagliavini (“Choc de la musique” and the International Prize “Antonio Vivaldi”
of the Cini Foundation in Venice, 1991) and since 2008 recordings of Fiorenzo Maschera, “the historic
organs of the Canary Islands” , “Il ballo di Mantova”, Giacomo Puccin (“Diapason d’Or”), Giuseppe Verdi,
Giovanni Gabrieli (“Diapason d’Or”) and La Tarantella.
Tamminga has also edited keyboard music by Giovanni de Macque, Giulio Segni, Palestrina, Jacques
Buus, Marc’Antonio Cavazzoni and music for two organs.
Since 2010 he is the curator of the San Colombano-Tagliavini collection of early music instruments in
Bologna. He performs all over Europe, in the U.S.A, and in Japan.
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