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Breaking the Habit

Saturday, 27 August, 2022 at 5:00 pm

Breaking the Habit

Festival Oude Muziek Utrecht

Jacobikerk, Utrecht, Netherlands

Buy Tickets€10 - €28

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 mea

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

Pierre de la Rue: Absalon fili mi

Leonora d’Este: O salutaris hostia
Maddalena Casulana: Vagh’ amorosi augelli
Sulpitia Cesis: Cantemus Domino

John Sheppard: Gaude, gaude, gaude Maria

Joanna Marsh: Dialogo and Quodlibet

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