The Blue Heron choir sings 16th-century madrigals setting the poetry of Petrarch, by Arcadelt, Willaert, Rore, Wert, Marenzio & others.
Better known as Petrarch, Petrarca gained his greated fame for his cycle of lyric poems called the Canzoniere, which contains 366 poems, many of them inspired by a young woman called Laura whom he first saw in church, on Good Friday in 1327. His love for her would obsess, torment and inspire him until his death. But, the subject of the poems is really Petrarca, not Laura: his psychology, his memories, his acute self-awareness and probing self-analysis, his transmutation of experience into verse, his poetic virtuosity.
During the evening, you will hear some of the most expressive, beautifully crafted and emotionally powerful music of the 16th century, from the gravity and dignity of works by Verdelot, Willaert, and Arcadelt, to the hair-raising virtuosity demanded by works of Marenzio and Wert, plus dramatic readings by actor Joel Colodner.
8:00 pm. Reserved : $40/$50, General : $30, Senior : $25, Student & Low Income : $10, Under 18: Free
The vocal ensemble Blue Heron has been acclaimed by The Boston Globe as “one of the Boston music community’s indispensables” and hailed by Alex Ross in The New Yorker for the “expressive intensity” of its interpretations. Combining a commitment to vivid live performance with the study of original source materials and historical performance practice, Blue Heron ranges over a wide and fascinating repertoire, including 15th-century English and Franco-Flemish polyphony, Spanish music between 1500 and 1600, and neglected early 16th-century English music, especially the rich and unique repertory of the Peterhouse partbooks, copied c. 1540 for Canterbury Cathedral. Blue Heron’s first CD, featuring music by Guillaume Du Fay, was released in 2007. In 2010 the ensemble inaugurated a 5-CD series of Music from the Peterhouse Partbooks.