Sacred and Secular Love in the Waning Middle Ages
Much of the courtly poetry from the 12th to the 15th centuries can be summed up, as Robert Morton does in his exquisite chanson from the latter 15th century, with one phrase: “Vive Ma Dame!” The Lady, the absolute, flawless, most worthy object of chivalric desire, is surely one of the most mysterious and intriguing elements of medieval art. Her frequent portrayal as a flower, particularly a thorny rose, only emphasizes the cost of granting her one’s devotion. But the symbols of the lady and the rose are simultaneously also images for the virgin mother. Asteria explores the dual nature of these themes with beautiful English and French music from the early 15th century.
Thurs, March 17, 2016 - 7:30 PM
My Body Must Depart—My Heart Remains with You
Medieval songs inspired by Arthurian legend
The Kosciuszko Foundation
15 E 65th St, New York, NY
Info: Music Before 1800
Eager for new music from Asteria?
Worry not – we are busy this winter 2016 arranging and recording our 5th CD, an album of medieval English songs from the time of Richard III.
An often overlooked repertoire because of the relative paucity of English sources from this time, these gems will surprise you with their clever melodies and dramatic lyrics. Worth the wait!
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