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The music of little-known South German composer Johann Caspar Ferdinand Fischer (1656–1746) has long been relegated to obscurity, overlooked by scholars and performers alike in favor of his more famous contemporaries such as Bach, Handel, and Telemann. In September 2012, Boston-based ensembles Exsultemus and Newton Baroque came together to perform a reconstruction of an early 18th-century South German Vespers service featuring vocal and instrumental music by Fischer and Johann Christoph Pez (1664 –1716). We immediately knew we had discovered something truly special that needed to be shared with the world. After more than a year of planning, we are thrilled to have assembled a top-notch ensemble of musicians to bring Fischer's glorious music to the world in May 2014!
Timeless in its beauty and sophistication, the Fischer Vespers will soon be memorialized on CD for the very first time thanks to the exquisite voices of Exsultemus and the dynamic instrumentalists of Newton Baroque. One of the premier composers of his generation, Fischer was born in Bohemia and active in Baden-Baden (located in the southwest corner of modern Germany). He was well versed in both French and Italian styles, and both Bach and Handel admired Fischer's work enough to borrow from it for their own compositions.
Our Kickstarter goal of $2,500 will fund two musicians' participation on this recording, but our overall goal is $25,000, so please give as much as you can!
We invite you to allow Fischer and Pez's music to speak for itself in the accompanying video, with excerpts recorded live and in concert on June 15, 2013 as part of the Boston Early Music Festival Fringe Series, and we welcome your support in any amount you can offer to reach our overall financial goal of $25,000 to make this recording financially viable. As anyone in the arts (or those with friends, family members, or colleagues in the arts) knows, it has become increasingly difficult to make a living as a professional musician. We are committed to paying our artists a competitive wage for their time and expertise, and therefore more than half of our budget is allocated to fees for our twelve singers and instrumentalists--this Kickstarter campaign will fund two musicians' participation on the recording. The rest of our budget will go toward the purchase of scores and parts; five full days of rent for our recording venue; engaging a first-rate recording engineer for the recording and editing of the CD; marketing; and miscellaneous expenses. We are so very grateful to everyone who believes enough in this music and in us to invest in this ambitious project. Thank you!
And many thanks to our amazing corps of musicians, who have dedicated themselves to this project and its successful completion:
Exsultemus (Shannon Canavin, artistic director)
Shannon Canavin & Margot Rood, soprano
Thea Lobo & Gerrod Pagenkopf, alto
Charles Blandy & Jason McStoots, tenor
Ulysses Thomas & Paul Max Tipton, bass-baritone
Newton Baroque (Andrus Madsen, director)
Susanna Ogata & Julia McKenzie, violin
Douglas Kelley, viola da gamba & violone
Andrus Madsen, organ
Risks and challenges
When talking about risks, we usually think of those that could endanger our work. However, Exsultemus and Newton Baroque encourage risk-taking in all of our music making, as that is when the music is most alive. With your help, we will continue to be able to pursue these artistic risks without the worry of being unable to pay our gifted musicians on time, complete the editing of our recording, and meet our other financial obligations associated with making this world-premiere CD.
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