Ensemble Trigon

Ensemble Trigon is specialised in studying and performing medieval spiritual music. How medieval music sounded at the time no one can really know. What we can do is study the contemporary treatises that were written on the subject. And we can get as close as possible to the music by studying the original sources. That is why Trigon studies and sings from these original scores, as found in manuscripts.

Trigon is the name of a movement symbol in Gregorian chant, also known as a neum. It describes a lightly sung movement which first goes a little up and then a little down.
Early music is strongly characterized by movement; aside from the music’s modality, this same movement gives the music its vitality.  In her interpretation, Trigon aims to revive and render this movement using a sound that literally touches through its vibrations.

Well noted
Trigon was the winner of the International Young Artist's Presentation in Antwerp in 1998. Since then they have been invited by the Festival of Flanders Vlaanderen Antwerpen, Tongeren en Brugge (BE) and by the Utrecht Ancient Music Festival (NL). Trigon also appeared at the Early Music Series of the Warwick Arts Society (E), the Network-series of STOOM (NL), the Day of Ancient Music at Alden Biezen in Belgium, the Ancient Music Festival of Brezice in Slovenia, and many other stages and festivals at home and abroad.
CD 'Music for Candlemas'
In 2000 Trigon's CD Music for Candlemas was released under the Passacaille label (no.932), with Gregorian Chant and Early Polyphony from the École de Notre Dame, also on Passacaille (no. 932). Some reviews:
‘a daring interpretation of 13th century vocal music from the Paris Notre Dame…The Gregorian chants and equally the polyphonic chants from the book Magnus Liber Organi radiate a particular restfulness as a result of the devout interpretation' (De Standaard, B).
‘Trigon is convincing...Expressiveness is of the first importance for Trigon... Trigon sings clearly and powerfully and its first CD is an asset to the early medieval repertory' (Tijdschrift Oude Muziek, NL).
Other recordings
Trigon recorded sixteenth century Gregorian chant from Antwerp on its CD Jean de Castro (Passacaille 931).
In the Prinsenhof, Delft, the former Saint Agatha Convent, recordings can be heard that Trigon made from the Agatha manuscript (15th century), which once belonged to the Sisters of the Saint Agatha Convent.

Trigon uses an interdisciplinary approach to medieval music, an approach which is not only musical and vocal, but also contains elements from musicology, history, the study of manuscripts, and linguistics, with regard to the pronunciation of medieval Dutch, French, German and  the Dutch, French and German varieties of Latin).

Artistic director Margot Kalse founded Trigon after her she obtained her Master in Early Vocal Music, having studied with Rebecca Stewart at the Fontys conservatory in Tilburg in 1998. At this institute she taught vocal technique for Ancient Music for seven years. She also followed classical vocal studies at the Royal Conservatory The Hague and early Dutch literature at the University of Leyden.
Marsja Mudde studied Early Vocal Music in Tilburg and since then she has been coached by Margot Kalse. She specialised further by following several workshops and courses given by Rebecca Stewart, Giacomo Baroffio, Maria Jonas and Anne Azema.
Cora Schmeiser studied vocal classical Music at the Royal Conservatory The Hague and finished with jer master. She participated in several historical projects of Ancient Music during that time. In Fulda, Germany, she followed a three-year course in medieval music by Marc Lewon and Uri Smilansky. Since the foundation in 1994 she is a permanent member of Ars Choralis Coeln in Germany.
For more information and samples recordings: http://www.margotkalsevocaal.nl/trigon.html  .
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