Italian Music of the High Renaissance
September 26-28, 2008
At the court in Mantua, Isabella d’Este was the center of a circle of humanist poets and musicians who pursued not only northern polyphony but a native Italian style based on improvised poetry and melody, text declamation and lively rhythms. This style, known as frottola, will be the core of the program, with songs and instrumental pieces by Cara, Tromboncino and the Italophile northerners Josquin, Isaac and Martini. We’ll have the great soprano Emily van Evera, Renaissance viols, lute and Tom Zajac’s usual amazing array of instruments.
Robert Eisenstein--viola da gamba, recorder
Alice Robbins--viola da gamba
Margriet Tindemans--viola da gamba, recorder
Emily Van Evera--soprano
Tom Zajac--recorder, flute, bagpipe, trombone