MUSICA TERRAE VILNENSIS/ early Lithuanian music, from the 16th and 17th centuries SECD004, TT: 45’25”
The music on this CD represents only a small part of the music (hymns, pieces, dances, madrigals, etc.) played at the time in Vilnius, the capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. Some of it, such as two works from the 17th century by Lithuanian organists, the collections of Kražiai and Sapieha organ tablatures, have been recorded for the first time. (Recorded at the Vilnius Cathedral). In the 16th and 17th centuries the same artists who made a notable contribution to Lithuanian and Polish culture (G.B.Cocciola, V. Bakfark, D. Cato, F.Maffon, M. Schacchi, A.Rohaczewski) lived and worked at the residences of the ruler of the Commonwealth in Vilnius, Cracow and Warsaw. Their works, created for different occasions, and the whole repertoire of the royal band, used to be performed wherever the ruler stayed. CD Cover: Queen Barbora Radvilaitė,19th century.Unknown author. Paper, steel engraving. 17,6x12,4. From the collection of the Lithuanian Art Museum.