On February 3 and 4, Three Notch’d Road had the privilege of premiering Mark Nowakowski’s setting of Sub Tuum Praesidium. Our performances in Staunton and Charlottesville, Virginia were well attended and enthusiastically received by our audiences. About 225 attended the performances.
It was a thrill for our early music ensemble to have access to a living composer for once! Mark joined us for two days of rehearsal, allowing for questions to be answered and adjustments to be made. Portions of the final product can be heard in the embedded video along with an interview of the composer. Special thanks to Stewart Searle for creating this beautiful video.
We musicians especially delighted in combining things new and old, East and West. Mark’s work touched on all of these elements. It was fascinating to juxtapose a French baroque setting of the same text as the new work. The medieval works were especially interesting for the performers and audience members alike thanks to some masterful settings of vivid ancient texts.
All parties came away from the experience musically satisfied and eager to further explore new music on old instruments.