8PM Nov. 15, 2014
Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton Ave. Toronto
NEW, VERY ELEGANT SONGS & DANCES
French solo lute music (and some by Italian immigrants) of the 16th century played by John Edwards. As well as music published in Paris from the royal lutenists Albert de Rippe (the Mantuan Alberto da Ripa) and the homegrown Guillaume Morlaye you will hear the European union of lute music from Lyon (Jean-Paul Paladin/Paladino) and the now French, then German city of Strasbourg where Sixtus Kargel published his collection of dances and songs arranged for the lute Novae, elegantissimae, Gallicae, item et Italicae cantilenae, Mutetæ & Passomezo, adiunctis suis Saltarellis…
“Who can hear this
And falls not down and worships? In my fancy…
Fair-haired Calliope, on her ivory lute
But something short of this sung Ceres praises…
The motion of the spheres are out of time,
Her musical notes but heard.”
So the Roman Emperor Domitain praises the singing of Domitia Longina, his future wife, in Massinger’s play The Roman Actor.
We can’t promise to deter the motion of the spheres, or excel the performance skill of Calliope, but we can bring you music from a time when, poets and playwrights tell us, singers were better than the muses, lutenists were all like Orpheus, and composers aspired to stop, or at least wound time.