Monday, April 7, 2008

Toronto Consort



Went the other night to hear The Toronto Consort, an ensemble that plays medieval and early rennaisance music. On Friday it was the music of St. Marks in Venice....Monteverdi being one. It was beautiful, but unfortunately either I am getting hard of hearing or we were too far away to really enjoy the nuances.

Much of the time I sat with eyes closed and imagined myself back in Venice, in St Mark's Square listing to the music as were it coming out through the doors of the basilica to where I was standing. It actually was quite the sensation...I wanted to open my eyes and really find myself there.

Regretably it was not to be so, but while my eyes were open, I took the opportunity to do some quick sketches of the musicians and singers. The lute players were quite interesting and this is one of them...someone I am told regularly plays in Tafelmusik.

If in Toronto and either venue is playing, I encourage you to go, listen and sketch.

http://www.torontoconsort.org/ http://www.tafelmusik.org/about/orchestra.htm

4 comments:

Kristian said...

beautiful studies. Your blog is my new inspiration.

murrayb said...

Wonderful blog Werner! Amazing drawings as always.

I was trying to remember the name of the German anatomy book you used to raffle (and then buy back heheheh) But the title was German so I can't recall for sure. Was it "Die Gestalt des Menschen"? Because I've recently found a scanned copy of "Der Nackte mensch" by the same Author And it seems similar.

http://www.ebookee.com/Der-Nackte-Mensch-The-Naked-Human-_163131.html
not the same as having the real book, and darn I wish I could read German, Still, it's great to finally see it at all.

Leisl said...

Hey Werner, it's so great to see you have a blog - very inspirational!

werner zimmermann said...

thanks for the comments folks. Much appreciated.

Murray, the book was "Die Gestalt des Menschen" and it still is available in Germany. When I took a few years off not too long ago I considered translating it because it is so valuable, except I think I would edit a lot out and I'm sure the publisher wouldn't go for that. Even in German, the illustrations are worth the cost and don't really need translation. (As for buying the book back...did I really do that?

The book you mention is from 1978 and probably an earlier version of Gestalt.

btw...congratulations of Copernicus. didn't know you were an entrepreneur. Canada needs them.