The English poet Robert Graves once said, “There’s no money in poetry, but there’s no poetry in money.”
We’re exploring the Black Death and its influence in the lives of composers from the Middle Ages, Renaissance, and beyond.
We’ll hear how composers have reused their own tunes and ideas, and what ideas they’ve borrowed from others. Plus, we’ll hear several instances of contrafacta.
Explore music from the city of Ferrara, and hear “new music” from 17th c. Italy performed by the ensemble Quicksilver. Also, we pay tribute to Gustav Leonhardt.
Some theorists heralded the arrival of new musical eras; others chose to reflect on the musical achievements of past generations and peers.
The Tudor Choir performs on the Early Music Guild's International Series, the Hilliard Ensemble interprets Perotin, and Ensemble Sarband re-imagines Bach.