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Heinrich Ignaz Franz


The Mystery Sonatas for violin and continuo

16 sonatas on the Passion of Christ

Donovan Seidle, violin

David Morrissey, cello

Kat Hammer, guitar/theorbo

Neil Cockburn, harpsichord, organ



UPDATE:  Due to the social distancing and Government directives pertaining to social gatherings due to COVID-19, I have decided to postpone the Biber concerts.  Stay tuned for updates pertaining to this: with any luck we will perform this before the summer months.









Biber's musical retelling of the story of Christ through 16 short sonatas is taken on by violinist Donovan Seidle and a small consort of local musicians this Easter season.  The monumental work, comprised of 16 sonatas will be played over a period of 3 days on April 6, 7 and 8 at 7:30pm (each concert will be approximately 1 hour long), and divided up into their thematic groups: The Joyful, Sorrowful and Glorious/Miraculous Mysteries.

Heinrich Biber's sonatas, completed around 1676 were largely unknown until their republishing in 1905.  It was found that Biber had used techniques far ahead of his time, the most striking of which is the use of the violin as a transposing instrument through extreme scordatura (the specific retuning of the instrument). Each of the sonatas requires a different, and extreme tuning.  These stunning, imaginative works are prized for being highly virtuosic and programmatic, and this occasion marks the first instance of their performance in entirety in Calgary.

Tickets are $20 each, and all concerts are at 

The Cathedral Church of the Redeemer

604 1 St SE

Please follow the links below to the EventBrite tickets

If you are buying tickets to ALL of the concerts, please use the offer code SERIES on checkout for a discount!

The Joyful Mysteries

Sonatas 1-5


The Sorrowful Mysteries

Sonatas 6-10


The Glorious Mysteries

Sonatas 11-16


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