Norbert Rodenkirchen

Photo: Sonja Werner
Photo: Sonja Werner

Flute player (FROM boneflute to Baroque traverso), composer, improviser

The fascinating similarities and differences between medieval and modern sounds are the main focus of Norbert Rodenkirchen, Cologne based flautist of the internationally active early music ensembles Sequentia, Dialogos and Candens Lilium. He is also known for flute solo programs, reimagining the lost art of medieval instrumental improvisation. His most popular programs are:

"Hameln anno 1284 / Medieval Flute Music - On the Trails Of The Pied Piper" (medieval flute solo + recitation) - now also available in French language - and "Carmina Burana Today"  with own transcriptions of the original medieval Carmina Burana (for 6 musicians, a project of the ensemble Candens Lilium). New in 2024 are "The Canterbury Tales" with actor Thomas Gimbel reciting and playing Chaucer´s tales (in German) paralleled by fiddle/flute/harp playing instrumental adaptions of medieval music from England. 

Besides flute work in the field of early music Norbert Rodenkirchen is also active as a sound researcher, composer, author and producer under the label "open early" (see below).

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Pierre Hamon from Paris, one of the most internationally renowned flutists of medieval music (with Jordi Savall, among others), known as co-founder of the ensemble "Alla francesca", leader of the Machaut projects with Marc Mauillon and as professor at the CNDSMD of Lyon, meets the Cologne flutist Norbert Rodenkirchen, known for his decades of work with Sequentia and the Ensemble Dialogos. The two flutists Pierre Hamon and Norbert Rodenkirchen have developed a duo program that traces the genre of the estampie, both dance-like and contemplative, from its earliest stages to the well-documented period of the 13th and 14th century. A program with new "up to date" transcriptions and reconstructions of medieval instrumental music, complemented by original compositions and improvisations of the two friends.