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Fragments for the End of Time

Catherine Bott presents highlights of a concert given by members of the early music group Sequentia, with texts and music from different cultures on the subject of the end of time.

Catherine Bott introduces highlights of a concert given by members of the early music group Sequentia featuring texts and music from different cultures on the subject of the End of Time.

"From the time of Christianity's introduction into Europe until the end of the first millennium, apocalyptic images of the End of Time and the Last Judgement were widespread, both in texts and in the visual arts. These images, based largely on the Biblical Revelation of John, at times bear a remarkable similarity to the pagan-germanic description of the world's destruction during the final battle (Ragnarök) between Odin, the gods and their mortal enemies, the giants. ...We explore the musical world of these surprising, powerful texts."

This is how Benjamin Bagby - vocalist, harper and founder of the early music group Sequentia describes the content of his concert programme with Sequentia's flautist Norbert Rodenkirchen entitled "Fragments for the End of Time". Catherine Bott introduces highlights of a concert on this theme that the duo gave at the Collegiate Church in Jaroslav, Poland.

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Music Played

  • ANONYMOUS (probably Fulda, early 9th century)

    ...sin tac piqueme, daz er touuan scal, fragment of Muspilla

    Performers: Sequentia

    • Recording by the European Broadcasting Union.
  • ANONYMOUS (Bavaria, late 9th century)

    Unsar trohtin hat farsalt, instrumental version of 'Freisinger Petruslied'

    Performers: Sequentia

    • Recording by the European Broadcasting Union.
  • Anon.

    Thar wass swylchra fela, 'Lay of the Last Survivor', from the Anglo-Saxon epic 'Beowulf'

    Performers: Sequentia

    • Recording by the European Broadcasting Union.
  • Anon.

    Cigni, instrumental piece based on Frankish sequence melodies

    Performers: Sequentia

    • Recording by the European Broadcasting Union.
  • ANONYMOUS (Aquitaine, 11th century)

    Iudisii sin?um, prophecy of Sibilla Eritrea

    Performers: Sequentia

    • Recording by the European Broadcasting Union.
  • Anon.

    A fellr austan um eitrdala, prophecy of Völva from the old Icelandic Edda

    Performers: Sequentia

    • Recording by the European Broadcasting Union.
  • Anon.

    Fortis ad que amara, Latin sequence

    Performers: Sequentia

    • Recording by the European Broadcasting Union.

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