The origins of flamenco are in shadow. We know its musical influences date back to Islamic Iberia or the Al-Andalus era of Spain between the 8th and the 15th centuries. Yet the first mention of flamenco by name is not until 1774. What happened in these intervening centuries? Lux Musicae London collaborate with Flamenco virtuoso Ignacio Lusardi and Oud Maestro Julian Harris to discover the music from which flamenco burst forth. Featuring Flamenco, Sephardic and Arabic music alongside Spanish composers of the late 16th to 18th centuries, the programme tells a story of the Iberian peninsula and its music, weaving flamenco itself with music in which we can hear the echoes of its beginnings.
At the dawn of the 17th century Dowland returned to the Court of Christian IV of Denmark bringing with him an Irish harpist and a dancing master. World renowned for it’s musical accomplishments, Copenhagen was a lodestone for composers and virtuosi across Europe. Outward looking composers such as Hans Brachrogge and Melchior Borchgrevink both imported and incorporated exotic mediterranean styles while famous names such as Johan Shop, Scheidt and Praetorius were part of a stream of glamorous visitors. The programme introduces the music of this grand court encountered through the British and Irish musicians and rather than simply focusing on the regal displays of music the programme also explores the more private experience of being a travelling musician, ways of maintaining one’s religious and secular traditions and the longing for the sounds of home.
The New Troy
A sonic journey through the city of London as its poets began imaging their home as the new Troy. The programme musically explores this linking of London and myth through it’s landscape and culture, travelling up the River Thames. From the jig’s of Shakespeare’s Globe, to the lavish masques thrown at Temple, the lampooning airs of Ben Johnson’s plays, the intricately stunning madrigals of performed at court, Lawes’ regal harp consorts and the rarely performed Hero and Leander, an adaptation of Marlowe’s poem by the first master of the King’s music. This programme has an option to include text from the era (poems, diary entries, articles) performed by an actor.
The First Singer-Songwriter Superstars
Experience the virtuosity and bravery of two Italian women, Francesca Caccini (1587–1641) and Barbara Strozzi (1619 –1677) whose successful careers as singers & composers included publications of witty, charming and sometimes political songs.
A programme that explores the deep connection between painting, poetry and music in the Renaissance; four stories will be told through music and projected paintings, all works by members of the Bassano family.