Early Music Ensembles Explore the Transalpine Renaissance

November 1, 2018
The Baylor University Early Music Ensembles will present a program called “Musica Transalpina: Cultural Interchange Across the Alps” on Thursday, November 8, beginning at 5:30 p.m. in Armstrong Browning Library’s McLean Foyer of Meditation.
The Early Music Ensembles perform repertoire from the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque eras, exploring cultural contexts and historical performance practices. These historically informed musicians are led by Associate Professor of Musicology (and violinist) Jann Cosart.
Despite the natural barrier provided by the Alps, music and the arts have always easily traversed the borders between northern Italy and southern Germany and Austria. In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, German-speaking areas were loosely united as part of the Holy Roman Empire. Nominally under the authority of the Holy Roman Emperor, these lands were a patchwork of various kingdoms, principalities, duchies, and free cities.
As in the similarly fragmented city-states and republics of Italy, local rulers vied with one another in attracting artists and musicians from across the continent to enhance the prestige and sophistication of their courts. The Italian Renaissance brought new ideas and technologies, as well as highly developed artistic and musical movements. As these suffused across Europe, they commingled with German, Austrian, and Franco-Flemish innovations and traditions to produce works of startling vigor and freshness.
Among the sixteenth- and seventeenth-century composers represented on this concert are Adam Gumpelzhaimer, Biagio Marini, Heinrich Isaac, Johann Heinrich Schmelzer, Giovanni Felice Sances, and Michael Praetorius.
This concert is free of charge and open to the public. For more information, call the Baylor University School of Music at 254-710-3991.
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