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April 13 collage


A musical tour of Jacobean London

Madrigalists LES CANARDS CHANTANTS join Parthenia, and guest Motomi Igarashi, for a presentation of Michael East’s Third Book of Madrigals of 1610. Anthems, madrigals, Neapolitans and pastorals for voices and viols, and a cycle of eight remarkable viol fantasias.

Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 8 PM
Corpus Christi Church
529 West 121st Street

$25: Reserved seating
$10: Obstructed view
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A presentation of the rarely-heard Third Set of Bookes by English Renaissance composer Michael East. This collection, first published in London in 1610, contain a surprising variety of music for voices and viols: charming neapolitans, madrigals and pastorales depicting the antics of nymphs and shepherds alongside sacred verse-anthem settings of the Psalms. The book also contains eight remarkable fantasias for viol consort that may have been inspired by John Dowland's Lachrymae, and which seem to form a cycle describing a transformative psychological journey from despair to love. Sung and played in full, this book offers a feast of colors and textures, and paints a picture of the musical and poetic landscape of Michael East's London that is by turns whimsical, devotional, and experimental.

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