Event 6
Tuesday 9th October, 8:00pm 
Little Missenden Church

Two centuries of viol music
Christopher Tye
In Nomine a4
Sit Fast
Alfonso Ferrabosco I
A Fancy
William Byrd
Kyrie from Mass a4
Fantasia III a4
Fantasia III a3
Thomas Tomkins
Elway Bevin
Browning a3
Alfonso Ferrabosco II
Fantasia no9 a4
Richard Mico
Pavan no3 a4
Fancy no4 a4
Fancy no5 a4
Matthew Locke
Sett no3 in F major
Henry Purcell
Four Fantazias
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
3 Fugues arranged from Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier II K405
Johann Sebastian Bach
The Art of Fugue; Contrapunctus 1,2,11,9

This is an archived event from the 2018 Programme.


Laurence Dreyfus director/treble viol  Emilia Benjamin treble viol  Jonathan Manson tenor viol 
Markku Luolajan-Mikkola bass viol

©Claire Eastham-Farrelly


The Tudor and Jacobean viol repertoire is one of the glories of English music. The beginning of a truly independent instrumental polyphony in England, it led to an outpouring of part-music that liberated itself from the written word – or ‘dittie’ – and gave free rein to a composer’s imagination, his ‘fancy’.

The polyphonic pearls presented in this programme range from the 16th century through to Bach. They’ll be performed in chronological order of composition, with Phantasm describing how the music evolved. We’ll hear the early composers taking fascinating contrapuntal risks that undermine conventional ideas of musical character and style. By the end we emerge into Bach’s complete mastery of fully-evolved counterpoint.

Phantasm, founded in 1994 by Laurence Dreyfus, is possibly the most exciting viol consort playing today. They’ve pioneered a radical approach to consort playing, respecting historical practice while giving approachable performances.

“The playing is quite simply divine” Gramophone

What is a viol?


Phantasm - J.S. Bach Contrapunctus 2, BWV 1080