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Tuesday, 4 February, 2020 at 5:45 pm

Imperial College

Breaking the Habit

The sixteenth century saw an unprecedented number of female rulers. From the powerful Medici women in Italy to the great Tudor queens of England, women across Europe held more power than ever before. Many of these monarchs used their patronage to facilitate the production of music of exquisite beauty by the finest composers of the day, extravagant showcases of their power contrasting with intimate and personal compositions. The century also saw the first publications of music by female composers, often Italian nuns, whose convents supported musical groups of astonishing ability.

In this fascinating programme, Stile Antico shines a light on an often-neglected repertoire, focusing on the music written for three Queens, Margaret of Austria, Mary I and Elizabeth I, bringing to life women from the Renaissance through song.

Raffaella Alleotti: Exaudi Deus orationem mean

John Bennet: All creatures now are merry minded
William Byrd: O Lord, make thy servant Elizabeth

Leonora d’Este: Sicut lilium inter spinas
Maddalena Casulana: O notte, o ciel, o mar
Sulpitia Cesis: Ascendo ad patrem

Margaret of Austria: Se je souspire/Ecce iterum
Pierre de la Rue: Absalon fili mi

John Sheppard: Gaude, gaude, gaude Maria

Joanna Marsh: Dialogo and Quodlibet

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