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Sunday, 09 Aug 2015
Saturday, 15 Aug 2015
Join us on a musical Grand Tour of the city states of sixteenth century Italy, exploring the unparalleled riches of their courts and chapels. Our inspiration is the music and verse written for a Medici wedding celebrated in Florence in 1539: between ...
Join us on a musical Grand Tour of the city states of sixteenth century Italy, exploring the unparalleled riches of their courts and chapels. Our inspiration is the music and verse written for a Medici wedding celebrated in Florence in 1539: between the motet which welcomed the bride and the Bacchanalian chorus which ended the celebrations, tributes were sung to the noble couple by (amongst others) the city of Volterra, the rivers Tiber and Arno, and the nine Muses.
Another sequence of madrigals for voices and instruments describes a day in the eternal summer of the Age of Gold, from the birdsong at dawn to the stillness of nightfall, by way of Silenus accompanying his song (according to the stage directions) on a viol disguised as a turtle, with a bow disguised as an asp!
We will not be restricting ourselves to Tuscany and the Medici, however: other highlights of the tour will include a boat journey from Venice to Padua, and playing in a viol consort with Lucrezia Borgia...
Each day of the course will be divided between sectional rehearsals and ensembles, both large and small, directed by our specialist tutors. The after-dinner sessions might include informal performances of works covered in the day, as well as exploring early dance and working on large-scale pieces in which all course members will take part.
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