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Prima le parole: La Bella Italia in words and music

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The beauty of the Italian language is well known. It is ‘the singers’ language’ and sometimes considered to be ‘The Language of Love’. Italy was also the birthplace of the Renaissance and even though Renaissance music was truly international, many leading composers from across the continent lived and worked in Italy, and spoke Italian. Our title means ‘The words come first’ and throughout the 16th century in Italy, composers and theorists argued and experimented with how exactly words and harmonies should interact. This concert will revel in the Italian language itself, with the music being either sung in Italian or inspired by Italy and Italian-ness! Interspersed with beautiful, lyrical music from Renaissance Italy will be readings in Italian (and English) about music, beauty, and la bella vita!

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Concert programme

Philippe Verdelot - Italia mia

Monteverdi: Maestro delle parole
Claudio Monteverdi - Messa a quattro voci da capella (1650)

Gli inizi del madrigale
Jacques Arcadelt- Ahimè, ahimè dov'è'l bel viso
Cipriano de Rore - O sonno
Nicola Vicentino - L'aura che'l verde lauro et l'aureo crine

Claudio Monteverdi - Messa a quattro voci da capella (1650)


Madrigali spirituali
Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina - Vergine chiara
Orlando di Lasso - from Lagrime di San Pietro
      Veduto il miser

Claudio Monteverdi - Messa a quattro voci da capella (1650)
      Sanctus & Benedictus

Madrigalisti superiori
Carlo Gesualdo - Asciugate i begli occhi
Claudio Monteverdi - Anima mia, perdona

Claudio Monteverdi - Messa a quattro voci da capella (1650)
      Agnus Dei

Future concerts

  • St Bartholomew's Brighton 150th Anniversary Visiting Choir service

    Sunday, 14th of July, 2024

  • Carol Concert at the Royal Pavilion

    Wednesday, 11th of December, 2024

  • Carols at the Christmas Banquet at the Royal Pavilion

    Saturday, 14th of December, 2024

Some of our 2023-24 season events haven't yet been fully planned. More information on each of our upcoming concerts and events will be posted here when it's available.