Friday, March 8, First Lutheran Church, 600 Homer Street at Webster, Palo Alto, 8:00 PM
Cançonièr presents music for a fascinating and little-understood phenomenon: during the Middle Ages and Renaissance, certain areas (especially in Germany) experienced brief outbreaks of manic, “contagious” dancing that often afflicted dozens, or even hundreds. Ordinary people would succumb to a compulsion to dance furiously for days or weeks on end, some to their deaths. Some feared that they had been cursed by saints, and perhaps gave in to mass hysteria. Music was offered for the dancers in the hope that it would appease divine wrath. Instrumental and vocal dance music, flagellant songs, penitential prayers, tarantellas, and more!
Wednesday, March 20, 2013, 7:00 PM
Tim Rayborn and Rita Lilly
Saturday, April 13, 2013, 7:30 PM
Tim Rayborn and Rita Lilly present their acclaimed program, focusing on secular songs of medieval Portugal, northern Spain, and southern France. The concert will feature Martin Codax’s magnificent Cantigas de Amigo (mid-13th-century), the oldest song cycle surviving with music, miraculously recovered in the early 20th century. They will also perform other secular Portuguese cantigas, instrumental realizations, and songs of the troubadours and trobairitz (female troubadours). This program presents a window into the vibrant and unique music of medieval Iberian and Occitanian culture.
Tim Rayborn and Rita Lilly
Sunday, April 21, 2013, 3:00 PM
Tickets/ reservations (209) 369-3381
Friday, April 26, 2013, 7:30 PM
Cançonièr presents its highly acclaimed program of 15th-century music from the time of the infamous Vlad the Impaler, whose tyrannical rule of Wallachia (Southern Romania) shocked Europe. Featuring Michel Beheim’s German poem about Vlad’s deeds, Italian dances and German songs, music of the Byzantine court, Balkan folk songs, Turkish classical music, the Lamentation for the Fall of Constantinople by Guillaume Dufay, and other works.
Saturday, April, 27, 2013, 7:30 PM
Saturday, May 18, 2013, 7:30 PM
Acclaimed Bay Area medieval favorites Cançonièr return to MusicSources with a new program, featuring music from this very important early fourteenth-century French manuscript. The Roman holds up both church and court to ridicule and was controversial at the time. Fauvel, a donkey who embodies all of the vices, is brought from his stable into the court and made king. The foolish and corrupt nobles and clergy revere him and havoc breaks loose! The story unfolds in witty prose and magnificent music, with pieces spanning more than a century of medieval French creativity (1200 – 1325). Don’t miss the group’s only MusicSources concert this season!
June 23-29, 2013
Tim will be teaching and performing at the 2013 med/Ren Workshop. More details soon!