Unfortunately, this groupmuse was canceled.

This is an in-person Groupmuse Concert

A live in-person performance in a living room or private space. They're casual and friendly, hosted by community members.

In-person Concert

Sarah McElman's B-Day Groupmuse by Davis Square

Davis Square, Somerville

Sat, September 24, 2022 7:30 PM, EDT

COVID-19 protocols at this groupmuse

The COVID-19 protocols for this groupmuse apply to all performers/hosts as well as attendees.

20 spots total at this groupmuse
Drinking policy
Bring your own drinks
Age limit
All guests must be 21
Cats live here
ADA access
Not accessible


Hagay Constantin Safety Guardian
Sarah McElman Co-host

Join us to celebrate Sarah McElman's (slightly belated) birthday by celebrating and sharing her love of chamber music.


“Mandò in luce sotto l'ombra” - The Music of Michelangelo Galilei is a program of music by early 17th-century lutenist Michelangelo Galilei, the brother of the famous Galileo Galilei. Featured are expressive and virtuosic toccatas, with foils in the form of rhythmically complex dance pieces. As an Italian performer in Munich often writing in French dance idioms, Galilei's music represents a cosmopolitan style that is harmonically adventurous, varied in affect, and ultimately very accessible.

11 years Galileo's junior, Michelangelo learned lute playing and composing from their father, the celebrated lutenist and music theorist Vincenzo Galilei. After a period of unemployment as a young musician, Michelangelo found long term work in Poland, and later in Germany, where his sole collection of solo lute music, Primo libro d ‘intavolatura di Iiuto, was published in 1620. Present are a mix of Italian and French stylistic elements. Toccatas represent the influence of his father and the Italian national style he would have played in his youth, the toccata being the preferred form of improvised-sounding piece for Italian composers. The dances (correntes and voltas, along with a gagliarda and a passamezzo) on the other hand are representative of the French "broken" style, which involves harp-like chord arpeggiations in lieu of traditional counterpoint.

The Program:

Toccata in C Major
Volta in C Major
Corrente in G Major
Toccata in G Major
Corrente in A Minor
Toccata in A Minor

Toccata in D Minor
Corrente in D Minor
Gagliarda in D Minor
Toccata in F Major
Volta in F Major
Corrente in F Major
Toccata, Terza Parte in D Minor

Toccata in G Minor
Corrente in G Minor
Passamezzo, Prima Parte in C Minor
Passamezzo, Seconda Parte in C Minor
Toccata in C Minor

Toccata in Eb Major
Corrente in Bb Major
Toccata in Bb Major
Corrente in F Minor
Toccata in F Minor


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