Saturday, 11 May 2019, 9:30 p.m., Presbytery of the Eichstätt Cathedral (Hochchor)
Francesco Landini and the Enchantment of Italian Trecento Music
Late medieval vocal music by Francesco Landini (ca. 1532 – 1397), Jacopo da Bologna (fl. 1340 – ca. 1386) and Lorenzo da Firenze († 1372/73), as well as virtuoso music for organetto from the famous Codex Faenza.
The multiple prize-winning Ensemble Tasto Solo with Guillermo Pérez, a Spanish specialist for early keyboard instruments, abducts its listeners to the practically unknown world of late medieval music. Alongside works by Francesco Landini (ca. 1325 – 1397) there is a focus in this concert on music by Lorenzo da Firenze († 1372/73) and Jacopo da Bologna (fl. 1340 – ca. 1386).
Like the romances of this era, often organized in days and times of day, such as the Decameron by Boccaccio (1313 – 1375), this concert will also be presented in three parts, from sunrise to midday to sundown.
Each part stands for a musical period of the Trecento: from the »simple« compositions in Madrigal or Caccia form to the more complex polyphonic Ballata to the subtle and refined music of Matteo da Perugia (ca 1390 – 1415), which belongs to the finest and most beautiful works of medieval music.
As early as 1420 Giovanni Gherardi wrote in his Paradiso degli Alberti that writers, doctors and academics listened with joy to the organ playing of “Francesco Musico”: »and the birds came down from the branches of the cypresses and joined him in his songs yet more sweetly. The words of that Ballade were: Rise up, you spirits of love, would you like to see Paradise?«
Translated from the German by Lucy Hallman Russell and Ray Carson Russell.
Barbara Zanichelli, voice
Pau Marcos, fiddle
Guillermo Pérez, organetto & artistic direction
The concert will be recorded by the Bayerischer Rundfunk, BR-KLASSIK.
The concert is without break.
Presbytery of the Eichstätt Cathedral (Hochchor des Eichstätter Doms)
* pupils, students