The Blossoming of the Burgundian Spirit in Song, 1390-1440
Just like the shy lover who is knocked off their feet by a merest glance from the object of their affections, the music of the first generation of Burgundian composers at the end of the ars nova is infused with the sweetness and explosive passion of new love. Asteria’s latest program, “un tres doulx regard,” is the result of extensive archival research during their sabatical year in France in 2006/2007. Largely drawn from anonymous or unattributed compositions from the last decade of the 14th century and very beginning of the 15th, this body of work constitutes the generation of “Dufay’s teachers”, and contains many of the elements that will later be the hallmarks of the mature Burgundian style that swept Europe during of the middle of the 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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