Singing Books: The Italian Job

Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 17:30
Contact person
Dr Cristina Neagu
01865 276265
Concert / Performance

The first in a series of four concert-talks hosted by Christ Church Library, “The Italian Job” presents twenty five minutes of English and Italian madrigals paced throughout a talk which explores the transmission of the genre to England.

The C16th madrigal originated in Italy as secular genre of popular vocal music. It rose in popularity over genres such as the frottola and canzonet which were generally designed for performance by solo voice and instrumental accompaniment, and was composed with a close attention to the relationship between the words and the music which accompanied them. This caused a particular issue in its transmission and translation between Italy and England, as initially madrigals were produced in print in England in works by Italian authors translated into English. The text was often unfamiliar to an English audience, but the music was enjoyed for its melodic and rhythmic properties. This event will explore the changing madrigals presented by composers to English audiences, including the premiere of a new madrigal composed for tonight’s event.

The talk and concert, delivered by Chris Cottell and friends, will take place on the 8th March at 17:30. It complements the exhibition Singing Books: Text, Object and Song in the International Madrigal open in the Upper Library from 8th March to 22nd June 2018.