The Ensemble

Capricornus: Zwey Lieder von dem Leyden und Tode Jesu, Cantus Primus title pageWHAT WE DO~ The Teares of the Muses researches and performs works by composers who are all but forgotten today. For two years, we have been studying and performing 17th-century German sacred music by marvelous but neglected composers. Our present composer of choice is the Bohemian, Samuel Capricornus (1628-1665), Kapellmeister to the Württemberg court at Stuttgart. The highly successful spring concerts on April 15th and 16th featured Capricornus's Ein Lämmlein geht und trägt die Schuld der Welt. Our new CD, Ein Lämmlein: 17th-Century German Passion Music, is based on this program. We have continued our enthusiastic pursuit with the German 17th-century Christmas 2011 concert "Wenn dein lieber Sohn kommt," and the February 2012 MP3 release The Lord's Prayer, Vater unser im Himmelreich.

ABOUT US~ The Teares of the Muses performs at three venues: on the New York University campus at Deutsches Haus, at St. Bartholomew's Church in midtown Manhattan, and at St. Michael's Episcopal Church on the Upper West Side. In past years, it has performed in collaboration with students from N.Y.U.'s Steinhardt School and with the Collegium Musicum singers. A highlight was its participation in the 2004 New York Early Music Celebration. In 2008 and 2009, The Teares of the Muses Trio, an offshoot from the main group, played concerts for benefits, at art galleries, and for FIGMENT, the summer arts festival on Governors Island, N.Y. In 2011, the trio performed with soprano Kathleen Cantrell for an opening at the Morgan Library.

The Teares of the Muses became a group with a permanent name in 2007 when it began its ongoing residency at St. Michael's Episcopal Church. John Cantrell conducts the excellent St. Michael's Choir; the two groups have appeared together in a number of church services and in warmly received concerts. Although the groups' specialty is the English verse anthem, they perform a variety of other music that is well-suited to voices and viols. Historic St. Michael's Church is exceptionally beautiful inside; Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933) designed the stained glass windows and much of the interior.


Please be a Muse to the Teares! Our expenses are not totally covered by New York University and we depend on your generosity to continue performing. Donations are acknowledged by N.Y.U. and are tax-deductible.