about us/the band

Sub Rosa

Sub Rosa was formed in 1999 in the Hungarian town of Törökbálint. The band was originally meant to be only a one-night-band but the enthusiasm during work lead to forming the group and staying together. In the beginning we had to get used to playing music and familiarise with the early instruments.

Sub Rosa is a group of wandering musicians who have come to entertain people in the market-square.

 

We got introduced in historical festivals through Saint Sebastian Crossbow Company, who we accompanied during their shows. This is where Sub Rosa found its home alongside other performers in period costume and arms (including dancers, knights, falconers etc.) Together with them we hope to bring the middle ages to life and recreate a slice of life from several hundred years back in time. Our band has performed over the years in various places and festivals, including Savaria Historical Carnival, Valley of Arts, medieval festivals in Eger, Diósgyőr, Csesznek, Hollókő, Szigliget and so on.

 

In the early years Sub Rosa played renaissance music as well, but now our repertoire includes only the music of the middle ages. Luckily, enough music survived from the 13th century to be able to put together a colorful and exciting list of songs to play. Our music is mainly from the 13th century. Scores back then only meant writing down the melody line, so all the accompanying parts are our creations. We hope that the way we interpret them is not far from what it really sounded like and that the original composers would not be disappointed to hear their music from Sub Rosa. 

 

We play medieval music on medieval instruments in period custume. The design, colours and materials and of the clothes are made based on studies of the 13th century garments.

 

The name of the band is a latin phrase and translates „under the rose”, which is supposed to mean: „in secret”. The rose was a symbol for secrecy from as early as ancient times, and everything that was „sub rosa” was meant to be a secret.

 

Medieval music for the masses of people is still unknown. We could say: it is sub rosa for them. However we hope that those who discover it will find something of great beauty.

 

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