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Armonia Nova

The Folger Consort

September 16 at 12:10 PM
Church of the Epiphany Noon Concert Series, Washington, DC

Armonia Nova
Thus Sighs My Heart: Songs of Medieval Women

The beautiful words and music of the songs in this performance perfectly express the frequently sad, but always heartfelt emotion of love experienced by women of the Middle Ages. Often powerless to control their outward lives, these women lived a rich inner life. Join two modern women of Armonia Nova -- Constance Whiteside and Marjorie Bunday -- as they explore how medieval women viewed love, and the men they loved.

September 18 at 6:45 PM

Ancient Greek Music: Songs of Many Spheres
With a performance by the ensemble De Organographia

Ancient Greek music is unlike anything heard today. From invocations to various gods to the drinking songs of the symposia, to the festivals of Delphi, Athens, Olympia, Delos, and Sparta, this exotic, dramatic mousike from the distant past comes to exuberant life in this special evening.

Musicologist John Franklin provides an overview of the kinds of ancient Greek music, such as epic, lyric, choral, dramatic, and elegy; discusses when it would have been performed -- such as at symposia, invocations, festivals, funerals, and military occasions -- and how it changed over time.

Then the Ensemble De Organographia performs selected works, transcribed from original papyri and other period sources, vocally and on faithfully reproduced instruments including lyre, kithara (large, ornate wooden lyre), aulos (double reed pipe), and salpinx (trumpet).

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September 26 at 8:00 PM
September 27 at 5:00 PM
September 27 at 8:00 PM
September 28 at 2:00 PM
The Elizabethan Theatre of the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC

The Folger Consort with soprano Emily van Evera and guest instrumentalists Alice Robbins, Margriet Tindemans, and Tom Zajac
Isabella's Court: Italian Music of the High Renaissance

Popular song flourished at the opulent 15th century Italian court of Isabella d'Este, an enlightened and influential patron and a musician herself. Frottolas -- the precursors to the madrigal known for lively rhythms, poetic language, and infectious melodies -- are featured along with instrumental pieces by Josquin, Isaac, and others with early 16th century style viols.

For more information, call 202-544-7077.

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