Imagine being a singer in your late 20’s in the Sistine Chapel choir, with Josquin des Pres as a colleague. That was the fate of Costanzo Festa.
On this week’s program we journey to the 15th century for a program of music from Cyprus.
Once upon a time, in 14th century France, there was a nobleman who was able to bring people from opposite sides of, oh, say, a papal schism, together for a meal and some entertainment. His name was Gaston.
“I was never less alone than when by myself,” wrote English historian Edward Gibbon.
We've got the lowdown on music written for guys with supremely subterranean vocal ranges...
"Color is the keyboard, the eyes are the hammers, the soul is the piano with many strings..."
An early sixteenth century mass in twelve parts - very unusual!
No, we're not referring to the Beethoven movie... We're celebrating love on this episode with words by Petrarch, iconic lovers like Robin and Marion, and more.
A Youtube video of a Renaissance hit ("O che nuovo miracolo" by Emilio de Cavalieri).
Music performed by a host of artists and ensembles, including Ex Cathedra, Nachtmusique, Huelgas Ensemble, Les Talens Lyrique, Doulce Memoire, and many others.