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Friday, 27 March, 2015 at 7:30 pm

St Mary's Newmarket

Sacred or Profane?

They say that the Devil has all the best tunes, and it’s hard to disagree on hearing this enthralling programme. As Stile Antico traces the blurred boundary between sacred and secular music in the Renaissance, we encounter risqué, racy chansons transformed by Lassus, Morales and Victoria into devout Masses and Magnificats, and ribald folksongs worked into prayerful polyphony by Dufay and Taverner. Most shockingly of all, and in spite of the Church’s disapproval, it was none other than the Cardinal of Milan who commissioned sacred texts to be fitted to some of Monteverdi’s most frankly erotic madrigals, crowning this survey of three centuries of superb music.

AnonL’homme armé
Guillaume Dufay: Kyrie from Missa L’homme armé
Claudio MonteverdiRutilante in nocte
Jacobus Clemens non PapaEntre vous filles de quinze ans
Orlande de Lassus: Gloria from Missa Entre vous filles
Clément JannequinLa guerre
Tomás Luis da Victoria: Credo from Missa pro Victoria
MonteverdiPlorat amare
AnonWestron Wynd
John Taverner: Sanctus and Benedictus from Western Wind Mass
Monteverdi: O Jesu mea vita
Josquin DesprezMille regretz
Cristóbal de Morales: Agnus Dei from Missa Mille regretz
MonteverdiQui laudes tuas cantat
Nicolas Gombert: Mort et fortune
Lassus: Magnificat ‘Mort et fortune’

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