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City of Ladies: The Musical World of 15th-Century Burgundy


The French and Burgundian courts of the early 15th century fostered a culture that treasured its musicians, artist, and writers and the revelatory idea of beauty for its own sake. The program takes its title from a book written by an influential writer of the era and locale, Christine de Pisan. One of the book's poems, Dueil angoisseus, was set to music by Giles Binchois, and this chanson and other exquisite and haunting works by Guillaume Du Fay and other composers are performed by a trio of vocalists with accompaniment by period string and wind instruments. Featured performers include mezzo-sopranos Barbara Hollinshead and Judith Malafronte, countertenor Drew Minter, and instrumentalists Mary Springfels and Tom Zajac.

Folger Consort Artistic Directors
Robert Eisenstein - medieval fiddle, renaissance viol
Christopher Kendall - lute, citole, harp

Guest Artists
Barbara Hollinshead - mezzo-soprano
Judith Malafronte - mezzo-soprano
Drew Minter - countertenor, harp
Mary Springfels - medieval fiddle, renaissance viol
Tom Zajac - recorder, flute, bagpipe, trombone
Christine de Pisan

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