„Musica Poetica is that discipline of music which teaches how to compose a musical composition […] in order to sway the hearts and spirits of individuals into various dispositions.“ (Joachim Burmeister, 1606).

The ‘Early Music’ or ‘Historical Performance Practice’ movement strives for a historically appropriate style of performance on the basis of surviving scores, treatises, instruments and other contemporary evidence. While, to begin with, it mainly concentrated on performing repertoire from Renaissance and Baroque, today the movement has spread to include Classical and Romantic repertoires. Although, initially, the movement was small and clearly distinct from the conventional classical music scene, some early-music conventions have been widely accepted and absorbed by the mainstream classical music market during the last two decades. However, in the same process musicians have lost interest in research and experiment and formed a mainstream of historically informed performance practice, which heavily relies on established clichés of ‘historical’ practices.

The ensemble Musica Poetica swims against this tide and strives to renew the radicalism of the movement’s first decades.

Boysen is convinced that the best possible understanding of the music from this time and its different styles, as well as a high technical standard of playing, will lead to convincing and stirring performances. Thus, he combines results from his own research and experiments with interesting repertoire and a distinct musicality.

Audience response during and after live performances, and the number of very positive reviews of Musica Poetica’s work seem to confirm Boysen’s belief that critical research of historical sources, analysis of the works and adequate rehearsal periods are not simply boring theory exercises, but rather help to communicate with the audience.

The group is composed of musicians from all over the world who specialise in Early Music, having completed their studies in the conservatories of the Netherlands. They share an interest in performing music from the 17th and 18th centuries from an historically informed perspective, using instruments from that period and informed by historical sources. The size of the group is flexible and depends on the chosen programme. It performes as a chamber group as well as an orchestra including choir.

In 2015, Musica Poetica started her own concert series at the Koninklijke Schouwburg (Royal Theatre) in Den Haag. This series was so successful that the musicians were invited to continue the series in season 16-17 with a twofold amount of performances.

The group’s performance schedule so far has included concerts and live radio broadcasts in Germany, France, Spain, Czech Republic and the Netherlands. Musica Poetica performs regularly in festivals and concerts around Europe such as the Schleswig-Holstein Musikfestival, Festival Mitte Europa, International Buxtehude Festival Lübeck, Itinéraire Baroque and the Holland Festival Oude Muziek.

The group also appeared in theater productions of the O.T. Opera Rotterdam (Orfeo Intermezzi, 2005), the Utrechtse Spelen (Molière’s/Charpentier’s Imaginary Invalid, 2009 and 2011) and Opéra Mosset in France.

Musica Poetica has recorded several CDs with music from the Düben Collection, works by Christian Flor and Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach.

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[New Release] This is the Rex Tremendae from the famous Requiem by Mozart. It is a live recording of our concert in 2008. We hope you enjoy the music!
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[New Release] Johann Adolph Hasse (1699-1783) was one of the most prolific operatic composers of the Baroque era. He was married to the famous soprano...
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[New Release] Our artistic director and harpsichordist is also an accomplished composer. Composing in the style of the Baroque composers, he has finis...
[New Release] Henry Purcell was the leading proponent of English Baroque Music. There are influences of French Baroque in this particular Entrance ove...
[New Release] Telemann was one of the most prolific composers of the Baroque era. This Overture is named "Bizzare" as the most of the orchestra play a...
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[New Release] The Crucifixion Sonata is the 10th Sonata in the set of Mystery sonatas by Biber. It is played on a mistuned (scordatura) and in this ca...
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This is the Rex Tremendae from the famous Requiem by Mozart. It is a live recording of our concert in 2008. We hope you enjoy the music!
by Musica Poetica
Released 2 years ago
Classical, Baroque, soprano, singer, angry, brilliant, orchestra, ensemble, violin, viola, cello, harpsichord, hasse, Barbaro, Tito
Johann Adolph Hasse (1699-1783) was one of the most prolific operatic composers of the Baroque era. He was married to the famous soprano Faustina Bordoni who was THE soprano of the age, with an incredible range and technique married to an equally impressive range of acting. Faustina had a mezzo-soprano voice, that was less clear than penetrating. Her compass now was only from B flat to G in alt; but after this time she extended its limits downward. She possessed what the Italians call un cantar granito; her execution was articulate and brilliant. She had a fluent tongue for pronouncing words rapidly and distinctly, and a flexible throat for divisions, with so beautiful a shake that she put it in motion upon short notice, just when she would. The passages might be smooth, or by leaps, or consisting of iterations of the same note; their execution was equally easy to her as to any instrument whatever. She was, doubtless, the first who introduced with success a swift repetition of the same note. She sang adagios with great passion and expression, but was not equally successful if such deep sorrow were to be impressed on the hearer as might require dragging, sliding, or notes of syncopation and tempo rubato. She had a very happy memory in arbitrary changes and embellishments, and a clear and quick judgment in giving to words their full value and expression. In her action she was very happy; and as her performance possessed that flexibility of muscles and face-play which constitute expression, she succeeded equally well in furious, tender, and amorous parts. In short, she was born for singing and acting. Quantz/Burney We had great fun with this piece, it may not be readily obvious, but the strings had to work quite hard to learn new ornamentations for the trills.
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Classical, Baroque, Live Recordings, original, composition, overture, orchestra, proud, violin, strings, concerto, grosso
Our artistic director and harpsichordist is also an accomplished composer. Composing in the style of the Baroque composers, he has finished large works for orchestra, choral and chamber music works. Often difficult to tell apart from the original inspirations, they are always a welcome treat for the audiences at our concerts.
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Classical, Baroque, English, Purcell, Dance, orchestra, strings, winds, proud, entrance, entry, Live Recordings
Henry Purcell was the leading proponent of English Baroque Music. There are influences of French Baroque in this particular Entrance overture. It is a proud piece, befitting a royal entrance.
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Classical, Baroque, bizzare, Live Recordings, orchestra, strings, Telemann, overture, proud, musica, poetica
Telemann was one of the most prolific composers of the Baroque era. This Overture is named "Bizzare" as the most of the orchestra play a regular Baroque overture, whilst the 2nd violins have a completely different spoiling part. Somehow, the mix of the two different musical ideas mesh together to form an impressive Baroque Overture.
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Classical, Baroque, orchestra, mozart, symphony, Live Recordings, happy, joy, joyful, strings, winds, brass
This is a live recording of our performance of a short movement from a symphony written by a very young Mozart (perhaps around 16 years old). It is a piece full of joy and light-hearted abandon. This was recorded in The Hague as part of our concert for the Festival of Mozart in the Den Haag.
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Classical, Baroque, harpsichord, violin, cello, live, mystery, sonata, biber
The Crucifixion Sonata is the 10th Sonata in the set of Mystery sonatas by Biber. It is played on a mistuned (scordatura) Violin and in this case is accompanied by a cello and harpsichord.