During the Renaissance, musical composition flourished, but it was a time of great change, fueled by religious division. This program traces music written by some of the English Renaissance masters over a period of 200 years, encompassing florid medieval-sounding pieces by Forest and Sheryngham, intricately woven polyphonic works by Tallis and Byrd, and the beautiful simplicity of Gibbons and Tomkins.
Grief touches all of us at some point during our lives, affecting each person in different ways. The music in this program is intended to illustrate some of these emotions, exploring musical responses to mourning and loss.
The Gesualdo Six presents an exhibition of some of the finest vocal consort works from Renaissance and modern-day composers. Taking inspiration from the darkness and shadows of Holy Weeks Tenebrae services, the program explores atmospheric liturgical music through different lenses. Works from the Golden Age of polyphony by Tallis, Gesualdo and Victoria are juxtaposed with contemporary music by Judith Bingham and Cheryl Frances-Hoad.
Courts in Renaissance Italy were meeting places for some of the greatest musicians from across Europe. The Court at Ferrara became a leading center: many of the Franco-Flemish school passed through its gates and perhaps the most notable of these is Josquin. This program contextualises some of the ‘jewels in the crown’ of Italian Renaissance repertoire by tracing themes of pedagogy and patronage in northern Italy over 150 years, featuring works by Brumel, Josquin, Mouton and L'Héritier.
Renaissance Italy was a melting pot of different traditions and cultures. This program begins in the early stages of the development of this form with a frottola by Tromboninco, tracing the evolution of the madrigal form which culminated with Monteverdi, the composer who stitched the seam between Renaissance and Baroque.