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SACRED MUSIC FROM THE ERA OF WILHELM VON DER PFALZ-NEUBURG (1658 – 1716)
JOHANN HUGO VON WILDERER (1670 – 1724): Mass in G minor for four voices, strings and
b.c.; “Quando Jesus adest” from “Modulationi sacrae”, Op. I, 1-10, solo motet for two
to four voices, strings and b.c.; “Custodi me”; “Te Deum” for four voices, four trumpets,
timpani, bassoon, strings and b.c.
CARLO PIETRO GRUA D. Ä. (ca. 1665 – 1726): Cantata for Easter “Alleluja fideles
plaudite” for five voices, two trumpes, strings and b.c.; “Laetatus sum”; “Beatus vir” (Psalm 111), Motet for Choir for four voices, strings and b.c.
It was a golden age in Düsseldorf – during his nearly 40-year reign, the regent Johann Wilhelm of Palatinate (1658-1716), an art and music enthusiast who was affectionately called "Jan Wellem" by his people, was responsible for a blossoming of Baroque cultural life. The music at his court, which was equally extravagant on both secular and sacred occasions, was performed by the best musicians from the German-speaking world and Italy and could compete with that of the Emperor in Vienna or Louis XIV in Versailles.
The Neue Düsseldorfer Hofmusik brings the former splendor to life again. During the festivities celebrating Jan Wellem's 350th birthday in 2008, the ensemble presented numerous concerts with music from his sphere. Now a new CD has been released featuring compositions by two of the most important protagonists of that day – sacred works by Johann Hugo Wilderer and Carlo Luigi Pietro Grua, both of whom were in the service of Jan Wellem for many years, give an authentic impression of the church music heard in Düsseldorf.