Magistri organici: Music of Medieval Paris

 

Anonymous III

Magistri organici: Music of Medieval Paris

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Paris, in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, was a city known for its unrivalled musical and cultural ambition. Indeed, the choral music made here, in particular at the Cathedral of Notre-Dame, laid the basis for the most influential and well-known musical repertories in all of medieval Europe. Within this highly sophisticated music, we find musicians experimenting with a myriad of new compositional possibilities for creating a piece of music – testing out new opportunities to sing in regular rhythmic modes, quoting and refashioning old material in imaginative ways, and drawing upon a range of styles and techniques as they went. This programme, given by medieval performance specialists Anonymous III, seeks to illustrate some of the breadth of this medieval musical practice. In this concert, we shall explore a number of different genres – from chant to motets – and a spectrum of pieces from across the thirteenth century, in order to demonstrate the myriad of ways in which medieval singers made music.

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Performing:

 

Gopal Kambo

Michael Bell

Stephen Matthews