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Ars moriendi

by Bastarda

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Litaniae 03:51


Music played an essential role in medieval and early modern death rituals. From the agony to the last rites over the grave, chants and polyphony were woven together in deeply symbolical ways. Bastarda’s Ars Moriendi is a transfiguration of this ancient musical ritual: Paweł Szamburski, Tomasz Pokrzywiński, and Michał Górczyński reinterpreted centuries-old music for the dead, fragmenting the chants and disrupting the counterpoint of early polyphony. What is left, is a modern meditation on death and its paradoxes.
Bastarda’s Ars moriendi does not teach. It is a journey through the emotions of the human being, suspended between desperation and hope.
After the rite, those who are left ask themselves ‘Who will give our eyes a fountain of tears?’ (Quis dabit oculis nostris fontem lacrimarum), remembering what is lost. Mourning marks the end, but Bastarda’s interpretation points also at a new beginning of peace and, finally, silence.

BASTARDA plays the medieval music in a specific ritual order:
1. Commendatio animae:
Vita in ligno moritur // Letaniae mortuorum discordantes // Ave regina caelorum (G. du Fay) // Litaniae
2. Processio et oficium defunctorum:
Miserere mei Deus (J. Desprez) // Lectio: Parce mihi Domine (C. de Morales)
3. Missa defunctorum:
Introitus: Requiem aeternam // Sequentia: Dies irae dies illa
4. Absolutio ad tumulum:
Responsorium: Libera me Domine de morte aeterna (C. Festa) // Quis dabit oculis nostris fontem lacrimarum (C. Festa)


released March 30, 2019

Paweł Szamburski - clarinet
Tomasz Pokrzywiński - cello
Michał Górczyński - contrabass clarinet

Special guest Olga Mysłowska - vocal (10)
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Krzysztof Tonn, Maciej Staniecki at Tonn Studio
Cover drawing by Stachu Szumski
Layout by macio

Special thanks to our master of ceremony
Antonio Chemotti


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szamburski Warsaw, Poland

Paweł Szamburski (b. 1980) clarinettist and composer with close ties to the Lado ABC music scene. He studied ethnography and musicology at the Warsaw University. Recently Szamburski create such bands as BASTARDA and SzaZa.
He performs solo, composes music for film, theatre, silent movies and radio plays.



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