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The 2019/20 Folger Consort season will have performances at St. Mark's on Capitol Hill–a block from the Folger–and at Washington National Cathedral.
Music for Machiavelli
Florence circa 1500
September 27 - 29, 2019
Perhaps best known as the author of The Prince, Niccolò Machiavelli walked the streets of Florence 500 years ago. He was a true Renaissance man–a philosopher, playwright, diplomat, and a composer. Along with the carnival songs Machiavelli wrote for the Medici family and music for his two comedic stage plays, Folger Consort performs works by Josquin des Prez, Heinrich Isaac, and native composers of Northern Italy.
A Baroque Italian Christmas
December 13 - 18, 2019
Folger Consort journeys to Venice for the holiday's with Vivaldi's beloved Gloria in D, RV589. Written around 1715, the piece was first performed by the all-female choir and orchestra of the Ospedale della Pietà, composed entirely of young women and directed by Vivaldi himself. Other seasonal music from the Italian High Baroque includes Alessandro Scarlatti's Christmas Cantata ("O di Betlemme altera, povertà venturosa") and Corelli's magnificent Christmas Concerto.
Palestrina's Perfect Art
with Stile Antico
February 7 & 8, 2020 at Washington National Cathedral
The great nave of Washington National Cathedral is the perfect setting for the transcendent ars perfecta of Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina and other composers of the late Italian Renaissance. Splendid voices offer sacred motets, instruments perform canzone and dances, and all join forces for the sonorous polychoral works of Andrea Gabrieli and his nephew Giovanni, leading figures in Venetian music of the 17th century.
The Three Fountains
Music for Dante, Petrarch, and Boccaccio
March 6 - 8, 2020
The lyrical art of Trecento composers was inspired by the poets known as Italy's Three Fountains: Dante, Petrarch, and Boccaccio. Musicians such as Gherardello da Firenze, Jacopo da Bologna, and Francesco Landini excelled in setting the poetry of these masters in a graceful and melodic style that was different from the music of their contemporaries. Vocal music is complemented by virtuoso instrumental music with fiddles, harp, lute, citole, and bagpipes.
Monteverdi in Venice
The Birth of the Baroque
April 24 - 26, 2020
Just as Beethoven is the giant figure presiding over the transition from the Classical to the Romantic, Monteverdi is the great composer standing astride the transition from the Renaissance to the Baroque, the new style dedicated above all to moving the passions of the listener. Heard here are Monteverdi's madrigals, selections from his operas, as well as his rousing setting of Torquato Tasso's Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda, first performed in Venice in 1624.
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