Ironwood: The Poetic and the Fantastic

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Date: 22/04/2017

Starting at: 6:30 PM

Venue: Glebe Town Hall (160 St Johns Rd, Glebe, NSW, 2037)

Event summary:

Tickets: $45 Adult | $30 Concessions | $10 Students

In Season 1 Ironwood present the rich and unusual sounds of the seventeenth-century stylus fantasticus era. Heinrich Schmelzer, the famous composer associated for much of his life with the Habsburg Court in Vienna, developed string playing style and technique influencing later European masters including Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber and Johann Sebastian Bach.

Schmelzer’s Sacro-profanus concentus musicus explores diverse character pieces such as Die Fechtschule (The Fencing School evoking battle) and the famous homage on the death of the Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand III – Lamento sopra il morte Ferdinandi III, which exploits rhetorical gestures representing words and feelings from the art of Musica Poetica. Biber’s Balletti give an insight into the furtive imagination of this most interesting of seventeenth-century composers who pushed the boundaries of style and effects.

The organist and violinist Dietrich Becker’s rarely heard instrumental works are among the most rich and inventive of the seventeenth century.


  • Schmelzer Lamento sopra Ferdinandi III
  • Schmelzer Die Fechtschule
  • Biber Balletti
  • Becker Sonata no. 3
  • Becker Pavan


  • Julia Fredersdorff (violin)
  • Anna McMichael (violin), guest viola player,
  • Daniel Yeadon (cello and viola da gamba),
  • Neal Peres Da Costa (harpsichord and organ)
  • Katie Yap (viola)

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