The Broken Consort

The Broken Consort

Sense and Sensuality
Musical Flavors of the Italian Trecento

Sunday, February 3, 2013 - 3:00 pm
St. Philip's In The Hills Episcopal Church
4440 N. Campbell Ave. (at River Road)


Landini – Kyrie
Landini – Questa Fanciulla
Jacopo da Bologna – Per Sparverare
Jacopo da Bologna – Giungel bel tempo
Anonymous – Gaetta
Landini РSe Mer̤e, Donna!
Anonymous – Gloria
Anonymous – Saltarello IV
Landini – La Dolce Vista
Landini РNessun Ponga Speran̤a
Paolo Tenorista – Benedicamus Domino
Anonymous – Chominciamento di Gioia
Lorenzo da Firenze – A poste messe veltr' e gran mastini

Imagine the air of excitement in 14th-century Italy. The wealth and influence of the day give rise to a staggering amount of incomparable art, literature, and music. We are walking among the giants: Dante, Petrarch, and Giotto. Trecento composers are eager to try out new compositional techniques. While Trecento poetry foreshadows the coming Renaissance, the music of most of these compositions remains firmly medieval in construction. The heightened emotionality, harmonic sonorities, and freedom of interpretation create a unique musical language. This program features the music of three Trecento masters: Francesco Landini, Lorenzo da Firenze, and Jacopo da Bologna. The Broken Consort – vocalists Emily Lau, Clare McNamara, and Camila Parias – an adventurous and eclectic ensemble from Boston, is collaborating in this concert with Mary Springfels (vielle), Grant Herreid (lute), and Tom Zajac (winds, brass, and percussion).

"This group has terrific focus and a fearless work ethic, coupled with an obvious joy in making music together."
Benjamin Bagby, director of Sequentia