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Music Of Gautier d’Epinal Performed By Ensemble Syntagma

Music by a mysterious figure from medieval France.

Ensemble Syntagma

Gautier d’Epinal remains a mysterious medieval figure who might have been either a nobleman from a family that ruled the French town of Epinal for three hundred years, or a cleric who was the nephew of the Bishop of Metz.  Does it really matter who he was? The important thing is that he left us poetry and music that give us an insight into his world.

Ensemble Syntagma has made a recording of that music and poetry titled Remembrance, which was released in 2007 by Challenge Classics.  Facing head on all the intrinsic problems of interpreting medieval music from a page, most especially its uncertain rhythmic interpretation, the ensemble brings this little known music to the listener, attempting to emphasize its profundity rather than its exoticism.

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Wendy Gillespie

Wendy Gillespie, Director of the Bloomington Bach Cantata Project, is Professor Emerita of Music at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University and Past President of the Viola da Gamba Society of America. In 2011 she was awarded Early Music America’s Thomas Binkley Award, and in 2012 a Wellesley College Alumnae Achievement Award. She continues to enjoy her career as a performing musician, having made more than 100 recordings and performed on five continents. Wendy began working with Harmonia in January 2012.

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