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Isabella's Court


Italian Music of the High Renaissance

Isabella's Court

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.


Folger Consort

Robert Eisenstein--viola da gamba, recorder

Christopher Kendall--lute


Guest Artists

Alice Robbins--viola da gamba

Margriet Tindemans--viola da gamba, recorder

Emily Van Evera--soprano

Tom Zajac--recorder, flute, bagpipe, trombone 


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