8:00 PM, September 25 2015.
MUSIC FROM THE ANNE BOLEYN MANUSCRIPT
Hallie and John are joined by four other singers in a concert of Franco-Flemish Latin Motets and Chansons by Josquin and his contemporaries from a book once in the possession of a young Anne Boleyn, with contemporary basse dances from the Habsburg Netherlands and France for lute. Presented as part of a one day colloquium on the music book and its court contexts at the Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies at the University of Toronto.
For Orpheus’ lute was strung with poets’ sinews,
Whose golden touch could soften steel and stones,
Make tigers tame and huge leviathans
Forsake unsounded deeps to dance on sands.
Two Gentlemen of Verona, Act 3: Sc. 2
We still call poems sung to guitars and electronic keyboards lyrics, though the lyre is not often heard in the mp3 format, or even in the modern concert hall. It wasn’t even heard in the chamber music of the Renaissance and Baroque, though they, like the Ancient Greeks they imitated, thought unsung lyric poetry wholly inadequate. For them the lute was the instrument that best accompanied what was a golden age of poetry. Hear music you will hear nowhere else in The Musicians In Ordinary’s 2014-2015 seasons at the Heliconian Hall and at St. Michael’s College in the University of Toronto.