The Food of Love

Romantic Music of the Renaissance

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February 08 – 09, 2019
Washington National Cathedral

As a prelude to Valentine’s Day, Folger Consort offers a magnificent buffet of romance and poetry with chansons and madrigals on food, drink, and passionate love by French and Italian Renaissance composers such as Janequin and Lasso. Complementing the song is enchanting “table music” for strings, including selections from Schein’s Banchetto Musicale (Musical Banquet), composed as dinner music for the sophisticated courts of Germany. With vocal ensemble Les Canards Chantants and viol consort Arcadia Viols.

In association with the Folger exhibition and the institution-wide project Before 'Farm to Table': Early Modern Foodways and Cultures.

Music that appears on this program includes:

By Orlando di Lasso: Hor che la nuova e vaga primavera O vin en vigne Audite nova!

English vocal works including O Care, thou wilt despatch me by Thomas Weelkes ; Cloris when as I woo by Thomas Tomkins ; Sing we and chant it by Thomas Morley

French vocal works including Une jeune fillette by Jehan Chardovoine and Les cris de Paris by Clément Janequin

Italian vocal works including Quel lauro, che fu in me già così verde and Cedan l'antiche tu chiare vittorie by Luca Marenzio ; Sfogava con le stelle by Claudio Monteverdi ; Asciugate i begli occhi by Carlo Gesualdo

Table music, including selections from Johann Hermann Schein's Banchetto Musicale and Thomas Simpson's Taffel-Consort.

Vocal music by Schein: So da, mein liebes Brüderlein and Ich will nun fröhlich singen

Instrumental works by Eustache du Caurroy, Giovanni Gabrieli, Hans Leo Hassler, Claudio Merulo, Samuel Scheidt, and Maurice Webster.

Contributing Sponsors:

Gail Orgelfinger and Charles Hanna


This project was supported by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanties, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts.