The germination for this project began in 2011 when David Hatcher came into possession of a facsimile reprint of a manuscript of German, Flemish and French consort pieces of the early 16th century, now held in the National Library of Austria in Vienna shelf mark Vienna Ms. 18-810.
The reprint, containing all five partbooks is no longer available and the manuscript is not widely known by exponents of music of this period. David transcribed and edited all 85 pieces in the collection; the edition is now published by Peacock Press. The manuscript includes an unusually large number of unique pieces - 30 in all. 18 of these are by Senfl (1486-1543), who was the most important German song composer of the day. 14 pieces in the manuscript are texted in the tenor line and show the German fashion for Tenorlied. The manuscript's collection of superb and varied music deserves to be shared to audiences in direct and accessible venues.
The project has 3 parts: 2 recordings and a series of perfoimances. We are kindly asking for help with the first recording.
. Linarol Consort of Renaissance Viols: David Hatcher, Asako Morikawa, Alison Kinder and Claire Horacek