»Gentle Love, Sweet Melancholy«
Lute songs & Renaissance dances by John Dowland
A rare and unique concert experience!

Selected songs performed by the Argentinian soprano Valeria Mignaco, accompanied by Alfonso Marín
on the Renaissance lute. The Italian calligrapher
Giovanni de Faccio assumes the part of the dancers
and his dancing hand immortalizes the movements on
paper in the form of improvised calligraphy.

Place of event
Kirche Maria am Gestade,

(Gothic Church 1st District of Vienna)

Salvatorgasse 15, 1010 Wien

Date & Time of the event
Friday 28th June 2013, 7:00 p.m.

Informations and Advance sale of tickets
email info@johndowland.at
phone +43 664 349 09 66
website www.johndowland.at


at the door box office
adults € 28,00
students / school pupil € 19,00
(under 6 years free)

advance booking / sale
adults € 19,00
students / school pupil € 14,00
(under 6 years free)

There is just a limited quantity of available tickets!

Organization and responsible for the content
Peter Panik, Bachelor of Arts


Enjoy an entertaining concert on a soft early-summer Friday evening and a unique and pleasant start of your weekend!


John Dowland
In honor of John Dowland and the 450th anniversary of his birth, a unique
concert will be held at the Maria am Gestade church, on June 28th, 2013. John
Dowland (born in 1563 and buried the 20th of February 1626) was an English
Renaissance composer, singer, and lutenist. He is well known for his melancholy
songs such as »Flow my Tears«, »Come, heavy sleep« (the basis for Benjamin
Britten‘s Nocturnal), »Come again« and »In darkness let me dwell« which depict
the spirit of the Elizabethan Era. His instrumental music has undergone a major
revival, and has been a source of repertoire for lutenists and classical guitarists
during the twentieth century. Most of Dowland‘s music is for the lute: it includes
several books of solo lute works, lute songs (for one voice and lute), part-songs
with lute accompaniment, and several pieces for gamba consort with lute. The
poet Richard Barnfield wrote that Dowland‘s "heavenly touch upon the lute doth
ravish human sense". During the Renaissance, the lute was introduced at court,
and became the most elegant and popular instrument of the time. Being an ideal
accompaniment to singing, the result was an extensive repertoire of beautiful,
memorable songs.

Music & Calligraphy
Valeria Mignaco and Alfonso Marín: By means of their tenacious endeavour
studying, researching and performing the lute song repertoire and by the develop-
ment of their singular approach to it, they strive to make justice to its great historical
and artistic significance. The performers specialized on the voice-lute repertory during
their studies at the conservatories of The Hague and Amsterdam, The Netherlands
and started their career as a professional duo soon after their graduation. Since then
they have carried out an intense international concert activity. Their concerts are
characterized by passion, flexibility, and both the technical and stylistic perfection of
their interpretations. In 2005, they were highlighted at the »Alte Musik Treff» in
Berlin with a special mention.

The Music of John Dowland can largely be seen as Renaissance dance music (Pavane,
Gaillarde), but instead of a typical couple of renaissance dancers Giovanni de Faccio,
the calligrapher, will assume their parts. His handlettering is influenced by the music;
the movement turns to expression in his dancing hand and becomes immortalized on
paper in the form of improvised calligraphy. Music can widely affect the mood of people:
it touches their souls and hearts. The melancholic and expressive music of John Dowland
is particularly well suited for this calligraphic endeavour.


Valeria Mignaco / Soprano
Valeria Mignaco began her singing studies in Argentina and obtained her classical and baroque singing Masters degree at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, Holland. She participated in workshops and masterclasses with Gabriel Garrido, Gustav Leonhardt, Richard Egarr, Elly Ameling, Jill Feldman, Carolyn Watkinson and Margreet Honig. Finalist of the International Baroque Singing Competition of the Chateau de Chimay 2004 and 2006 and the International Young Artists Presentation in Anvers (with ensemble Via Artis), she also received an Honorable Mention at the Soloists Competition of the Flemish Early Music Festival in Brugge 2005. Her duo with Alfonso Marín had a Special Mention at the Alte Musik Treff, Berlin 2005.Valeria has perfomed as soloist amongst others with Bachkoor Holland and Concertgebouw Kamerorkest, Cappella Amsterdam, Monteverdikoor Utrecht, Orquesta de Cámara de Rosario and Pro Música Rosario under the direction of Gabriel Garrido, Paul van Nevel, Paul McCreesh, Daniel Reuss, Charles de Wolff, Jan Willem de Vriend, Daan Admiraal and Cristián Hernández Larguía. She also collaborates with well-known vocal ensembles like Cappella Amsterdam, Huelgas ensemble and Deutsche Kammerchor.

Alfonso Marín / Renaissance lute
Alfonso Marín began his musical studies in the »Conservatorio Superior de Tenerife« (Spain), and afterwards in the »Conservatorium van Amsterdam« were he continued his classical guitar and vihuela studies under the guidance of Lex Eisenhardt. From 1998 he devoted himself entirely to the study of early plucked instruments as the lute, theorbo and vihuela, continuing his studies in the same conservatory for five more years with the lutenist Fred Jacobs. After his graduation he carried on with an intense concert activity as a soloist, vocal and instrumental accompanist as well as basso-continuo theorbo and archlute player in many Dutch renaissance and baroque ensembles, orchestras and choirs like »Concerto d’Amsterdam«, »Barokensemble De Swaen«, »Les Perruques de Amsterdam«, »Arion ensemble«, »The Royal wind consort«, »Nieuwe Opera Academie (DNOA)«, »Alkaan Emsemble«, »Kamerkoor Sjanton«, »Amsterdam Symphonic Orchestra« among others. He is member and director of the renaissance ensemble »El Parnaso Lirico« with whom he has performed in Holland, Germany, France Belgium and Switzerland. With the Wolkenstein Ensemble he has performed medieval music in Holland and Germany. His collaboration with the soprano Valeria Mignaco is one of his most rewarding and fruitful musical activities, having performed with her in numerous recitals and festivals in Holland, Germany, England, Belgium and Spain.



Giovanni de Faccio / Kalligrafie
Giovanni de Faccio is native Italian, born in near San Dona di Piave near to Venice, where he also lived for may years and also the place, where he studied at Scuola internazionale di grafica. In 1993 Giovanni moved to Austria, where he lives with his family in St. Valentin, Austria. He took additional training at different Calligraphy Master studies in Belgium, Italy, Germany and Austria. 1999 Giovanni de Faccio was awarded with the German Prize for Communication Design for the font family Rialto. 2002 he also got an Award from the Type Directors Club New York, an Certificate of Excellence in designing Types. He co-founded the Associazione Italiana Calligrafica, the first modern Association of Calligraphy. He is also a well known and worldwide recognized Typeface-Designer. Kalligrafievereinigung Italy since 1991. The Association of Calligraphy has set itself the objective of maintaining the tradition of calligraphy and to encourage further developments of this art form, which looks back on a 2000 years heritage. Since 1991 Giovanni de Faccio is tutor and head of lettering design studio and teaches Calligraphy, Handlettering, Typedesign at the New Design University / St. Pölten. For him, Handlettering is not just a job, it‘s a way of life. As he writes, he feels!



Giovanni de Faccio
NDU St. Pölten

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