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ACRONYM releases 10th CD

ACRONYM, a baroque string band founded by Dana School of Music faculty member Kivie Cahn-Lipman, will release its new CD on Friday.

“Cantica Obsoleta,” the bands 10th release, features music from the Duben collection, which consists of approximately 2,300 music manuscripts, assembled by and named after a family of composers who served in succession as Kapellmeister (“chapel master” or director of music) to the Royal Swedish Court in Stockholm.

This disc features the first recording of 12 compositions from the collection, all of which Cahn-Lipman rediscovered and typed up from manuscript.

Much of the music within the collection is unique, with most selections neither published in modern edition nor recorded. ACRONYM previously scoured the collection for sonatas that are on the ensemble’s “Paradise (Bertali)” and “Wunderkammer” CDs.

According to Cahn-Lipman, “For this recording, we searched this treasure trove of 17th-century music for the most beautiful and fascinating works available. It is likely the first time any of these ‘forgotten songs’ have been heard in hundreds of years.”

ACRONYM has been hailed as an “outstanding young early-music string ensemble” (The New Yorker) and is dedicated to giving modern premieres of the wild instrumental music of the 17th century. The group last performed at YSU in 2018. The group updates its named acronym for each project, hence for the new CD, ACRONYM refers to Archive Crawlers; Researchers Of Niche Yellowed Manuscripts.

“ACRONYM loved visiting YSU and working with Dana School of Music students,” Cahn-Lipman said. “The ensemble hopes to come back soon, and in the meantime, I’m so excited to share our latest work with the community.”

Personnel performing on the CD include Helene Brunet, soprano; Reginald Mobley, alto; Brian Giebler, tenor; Jonathan Woody, bass; Beth Wenstrom, Edwin Huizinga, Adriane Post, Johanna Novom, and Chloe Fedor, violin and viola; Kyle Miller, viola; Loren Ludwig and Zoe Weiss, treble viol and bass viol; Kivie Cahn-Lipman, tenor viol and violoncello; Doug Balliett, violone; Elliot Figg, harpsichord and organ; and John Lenti, theorbo and guitar.

The CD is available to purchase at acronymensemble.com.

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