Thursday, November 16, 2017, 7:30pm
The Salon of Leonora Duarte
Explore the historical sounds of Sonnambula, a Renaissance ensemble that brings previously unknown music to light using the lush sound of the viol in cool combinations with other early instruments. Sonnambula presents this concert of works by Leonora Duarte. Duarte was a Portuguese converso composer living and working in Antwerp, and the only known woman to write for the viola da gamba in the 17th century. The ensemble has performed at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, been a featured ensemble at the Amherst and Boston Early Music Festivals, and has presented concerts at The Frick Collection, Alice Tully Hall, Columbia University, and The Museum of Biblical Art in New York.
- The viol, or viola da gamba, was a European bowed string instrument played at court and at home during the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Its name literally means “leg violin.”
- Monarchs of England’s Tudor dynasty were enthusiastic viol fans, and England’s first viol players—Sephardic Jews from Italy—probably appeared at Henry VIII’s court around 1515.
- The ensemble’s name is a pun on Fantasia (the free-composed form of Renaissance composers) and a reference to the Humanist idea that art comes alive when seen and heard.
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