The Seventeenth Century at the Court of the Habsburgs: A Musical Journey between Italy and Austria

Concert by Ensemble Praetorius

Organized bythe Austrian Library Association and the Department of Languages and Literatures, Communication, Education and Society (DILL) of the University of Udine with the support ofthe Austrian Cultural Forum in Milan and in collaboration with the Academy of Piano Studies “Antonio Ricci”

Thursday, November 24th, 2022, 18.00h
Palazzo Antonini, Room 4
Via Petracco 8, Udine

Music by
Girolamo Frescobaldi (1583-1643)Johann Jakob Froberger (1616-1667)Biagio Marini (1594-1663)Johann Heinrich Schmelzer (1620-1680)Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber(1644-1704)Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Ensemble Praetorius
Filippo Bongiorni (flute)
Riccardo Arteria (violin)
Lorenzo Paratici (cello)
Edoardo Belloni (cello)
Tommaso Battilocchi (harpsichord and conduction)


  • Girolamo Frescobaldi (1583-1643)Canzon prima a 4 sopra Rugier (from Canzoni da sonare, book one), F 8.44c
  • Girolamo Frescobaldi (1583-1643) Canzon prima a basso solo (from Canzoni da sonare, book one), F 8.06c
  • Johann Jakob Froberger (1616-1667) Partita, FbWV 612
    • Lamento sopra la dolorosa perdita della Real Maestà di Ferdinando IV
    • Courante
    • Gigue
    • Sarabande
  • Biagio Marini (1594-1663) Sonata sopra “Fuggi dolente core” (from Per ogni sorte di strumento musicale, Op. 22)
  • Biagio Marini (1594-1663) Passacalio (from Per ogni sorte di strumento musicale, Op. 22)


  • Johann Heinrich Schmelzer (1620-1680)Lamento sopra la morte Fedinandi III
  • Johann Heinrich Schmelzer (1620-1680)Fechtschule
    • Aria 1
    • Aria 2
    • Sarabande
    • Courante
    • Fechtschule
    • Bader Aria
  • Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber (1644-1704)Pars III (from Mensa Sonora), C71
    • Gagliarda
    • Sarabanda
    • Aria
    • Ciacona
    • Sonatina

Ensemble Praetorius were founded in 2016 by a group of young students and friends of the “G. Nicolini” Conservatory of Piacenza, who wantedto devote themselves to a so-called “ancient” repertoire, which includes authors from the Renaissance and Baroque periods (16th-18th centuries). The Ensemble’s activity took place continuously in the following years, with concerts and musical performancesat events. In 2019 they managed to organize their own concert series dedicated to the repertoire of the time in Piacenza (“Musica Antica in San Dalmazio”),but it was abruptly interrupted by the advent of the Covid-19 pandemic. The Ensemble later resumed their concert activity with regularity, and in 2022 they participated in the concert series “Il Viaggio di Charles” organized by the Nicolini Conservatory of Piacenza.

The concert program aims to take the listener on a journey that links Italian and Austrian worlds, cultures and music styles during the 17th century. The focus of the concert is the music of Johann Jakob Froberger and Johann Heinrich Schmelzer, who contributed to music production at the Viennese court of the Habsburgs. Among other compositions, they willperformtwo “Lamenti”, written on the occasion of the death of the Emperor Ferdinand III (Schmelzer) and of his son, Ferdinand IV (Froberger), who passed away prematurely. The activity of these composers, in particular thatof thementor Schmelzer, is directly connected to thatof Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber in the role of Kapellmeisterin Salzburg, violinist and composerwhose scoretaken from the opera"Mensa Sonora"will be performed during the event. The production of these composerswas deeply influenced in stylistic terms by the Italian musical culture. For this reason, some pieces created by two of the most famous Italian composersof the XVII century, namely Girolamo Frescobaldi e Biagio Marini, will also be played alongside the others. You will listen to the performance of two selections taken from the collection "Canzoni da sonare" (Songs to be played) made by Frescobaldi, who is well-known owning to his important contribution to keyboard and organ music production of the period.The Ensemble will also delight you with two pieces from the Op.22 "Per ogni strumento musicale" (For every kind of musical instrument)composed by Marini,a violin virtuoso like Biber.

Concert by Ensemble Praetorius: The Seventeenth Century at the Court of the Habsburgs: A Musical Journey between Italy and Austria, Thursday, November 24th, 2022: