Workshop concerts. Music from sources of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek
Since 2010, the series "Werkstatt-Konzerte" (workshop concerts) has offered insight into the diversity of the music collection of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek. The concerts realised in cooperation with the University of Music and Performing Arts of Munich are supported generously by the Association of Sponsors and Friends of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, e. V.
The workshop concerts do not present the music and its sources in isolation, though, but serve to make spheres of life, biographies, milieus, cultural areas tangible and make them resound. The music is embedded in a context of recitation or moderation. It is presented in the form of a multimedia staging or is flanked by a panel discussion with contemporaries, or is even presented in the form of a chamber-orchestra theatre performance. The creative scope for the presentation of a workshop concert is thus unlimited, at least from an artistic point of view.
"To sing many a tune or to play the organ and the lute" – Music from Renaissance manuscripts of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek was presented on stage in the Music Reading Room by the singer Joel Frederiksen together with Michael Eberth, clavicytherium, and Evangelina Mascardi, lute, on 23 November 2017. Together with students of the University of Music and Performing Arts of Munich, some of the most beautiful and well-known madrigals, chansons, songs and instrumental pieces of the 15th and 16th century from the library's sources were performed. The video recording shows parts of the concert.
Every concert is accompanied by the opening of a cabinet presentation in the hallway to the Reading Room for Music/Maps/Images, presenting historical sources from the holdings of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, in tune with the respective topic of the concert event.