Event Info

The viol consort Fretwork will be in residence at Princeton University Friday, April 13th and Saturday, April 14th. These events are presented by the Princeton University Glee Club, the Princeton University Music Department and Princeton Renaissance and Early Modern Studies. Please note that the symposium events take place in two separate locations.

Friday, April 13th
A free symposium Music and the Language Arts in Early Modern Song on 16th century rhetoric, poetics and music.

1:00PM Workshop with Bill Hunt and Fretwork
Taplin Auditorium in Fine Hall


3:00PM Keynote address by Giuseppe Gerbino, Columbia University
Unknown Pleasures - Language Imitating Music Imitating Language
McCosh Hall 46


4:30PM Roundtable discussion with Giuseppe Gerbino, Wendy Heller, Bill Hunt, and Jamie Reuland
Reception to follow
McCosh Hall 46

About the Artist:

Few ensembles can match the range of Fretwork’s repertory, spanning as it does the first printed music of 1501 in Venice, to music commissioned by the group this year. Their recordings of arrangements of J. S. Bach have won particular praise, but they have recently issued a disc containing music by Grieg, Debussy, Shostakovitch, Warlock and Britten. This extraordinary breadth of music has taken them all over the world in the 25 years since their debut, and their recordings of the classic English viol repertory – Purcell, Gibbons, Lawes, and Byrd – have become the benchmark by which others are judged. Their 2009 recording of the Purcell Fantazias won the Gramophone Award for Baroque Chamber Music.