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Browse one of the most interesting music collections from Europe with

Come Out, Caioni!

From folk dances to absolute masterpieces by Monteverdi and Di Lasso; the wealth of

"Come out, Caioni" is overwhelming.


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CAIONI CODEX: The other Gypsies

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CAIONI CODEX: Come Out, Caioni

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CAIONI CODEX: Three Dances by Ensemble Black Pencil

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The monk Johannes Caioni (1629/1630 - 1687) was a forerunner of the Enlightenment era in Transylvania. In 1652 he received a music collection from his teacher as a reward for his good performances. Caioni receives the collection in incomplete form and took over the task of adding compositions, an activity that he continued until 1671. The collection  became known as the Caioni Codex.


The Caioni Codex portrays the very broad musical interests of the prosperous and cosmopolitan Transylvania at that time. It consists of an extensive and varied collection of no fewer than 346 (!) pieces.


However, it is not just about the amount of compositions per se, but rather about a number of beautiful pieces with virtuoso use of the (instrumental) parts, through colourful compositional techniques.

An oasis for Black Pencil for the development of the new COME OUT, CAIONI!  program.


COME OUT, CAIONI! takes a selection from the music of the Caioni Codex as a guideline: motets by the great masters Claudio Monteverdi and Orlando di Lasso, secular songs and smashing Romanian folk dances. The choice of repertoire is based on the potential for sound variation and difference in tempo, as well as the character and popularity of the selected works. These works served as inspiration to nowadays composers for the creation of new music, specially written for this concert programme.


Over the centuries, Transylvania has been inhabited by Romanians, Hungarians, Germans, Serbs, Slovaks, Gypsy's and others. It has long been a centre for folk music from all these different cultures. This phenomenon is also reflected in the Caioni Codex; 20 pieces of folk dance music appear in the collection. We have made a selection from our top 4. The arrangement are based on the use of rhythm and groove, very high and very low flutes, from garklein to sub-contrabass, use of flexible moods, sometimes delicate and virtuoso, another moments coarse and massive.




  •     Music from the 16th and 17th centuries (Hungarian and Romanian traditional  songs & dances, Monteverdi, Orlando di Lasso. )


  •     70-minutes concert (intermission possible)


Anonymous: Come Out, Caioni

(Ötodik Tancz hatodon, Sz. Bernard latasabol gepubliceerd in 1670)


Anonymous: Three Dances

(Olah Tancz, Paikos Tancz, Lapoczkas Tancz  1670)

Anonymous:  I just feel

(Jesu te solum sentiam)

Anonymous: Forgive me

(Boczasd meg Ur Jsten)

Anonymous: Scottish dance


Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643)

 O bone Jesu (gepubliceerd in 1582)

Anonymous: Lamento

(Lytaniae lacrymosae, Lytanie dulcorosae)

Anonymous: St. Bernard

(Sz. Bernard latasabol)

Anonymous: Sweet memory

(Jesu dulcis memoria gepubliceerd in 1670)

Anonymous: Sarabanda

Orlando di Lasso (1532-1594):  Magnificat I toni

(Magnificat primi toni gepubliceerd in 1567)

Jacob Gallus (1550-1591): You are my friends 

(Vos amici mei estis gepubliceerd in 1670)

Anonymous: Courante I


Anonymous: Courante II



Anonymous: The Count

(Tegnap groff halala - Chorea)


Anonymous: The other Gypsies

(Mas olah kettos gepubliceerd in 1670)

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