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Gaudete LIVE on Dame Myra Hess

Gaudete Brass

Gaudete Brass

Wednesday at 12:15 PM

A year ago they were featured on WFMT’s The New Releases with a highly acclaimed CD of American composers; the oldest of those works had been written six years before. Today on the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts, they’ll go back a little farther—four or five hundred years—for some Renaissance works, including music by the German composer Michael Praetorius.

The members of the Gaudete Brass like to make a point of showcasing the breadth and centuries old tradition of writing for brass instruments, presenting in a single program sacred works from the Renaissance; secular Renaissance works, like madrigals; and dipping into the jazz age and beyond. Versatility is their mantra.


Michael Praetorius


Praetorius‘s given name was Michael Schultze, but the composer followed the fashion of taking a Latin version of the family name. Schultze means judge. He took a name derived from praetor urbanus, which referred to a magistrate in ancient Rome.

Speaking of Latin, the Gaudete Brass also borrowed from the Romans: gaudete means rejoice in Latin. Composer James Woodward wrote a piece for the group, which he called Gaudete, in 2007. Look for music by Woodward, David Sampson, Jonathan Newman, and a Flemish 16th century composer by the name of Giaches de Wert on the Wednesday program.

Wednesday’s concert is free and open to the public. The Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts take place every Wednesday at the Chicago Cultural Center in Preston Bradley Hall. The concerts start at 12:15 PM and are broadcast live on WFMT. Check for podcast.


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