Ovid, Metamorphosis, Music and Poetry in the Late Middle Ages. Commissioned by the 2011 Boston Early Music Festival
Ovid played an important role in the European cultural universe of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. His influence can be found in the mythological and metaphorical themes that abound in the poesia per musica of late medieval Italy: from texts which recall the myth of Diana and Acteon, to songs which evoke the Iguane, the mythical nymphs which as legend would have it, inhabit the Euganei mountains. Even the madrigal, the most characteristic musical form of the Italian Trecento, was considered the result of an mythical metamorphosis, where learned musicians miraculously transformed the “natural” songs of ancient shepherds into a refined and subtle art form.
Repertoire: madrigali and ballate and sung declamation treating mythological themes, instrumental dances from the late 14th century.
Texts by: Franco Sachetti (1330?-1400?,) Giovanni Boccaccio (1313?-1375?,) Francesco Petrarca (1304 – July 19, 1374) Giovanni dell’Anguillara (died 1572,) Riccardo Collotti (ca. 1900 – ca. 1990;)
Music by: Jacopo da Bologna, Vincenzo da Rimini, Francesco Landini, Andrea da Firenze, Matteo da Perusio.
7 Performers: Gloria Moretti, Anna Pia Capurso: voice; Avery Gosfield, Marco Ferrari: medieval wind instruments, Francis Biggi: cetra, medieval lute, Massimiliano Dragoni: percussion, Oleguer Aymami Busque: viella
Early Music America:
Ensemble Lucidarium made its BEMF premiere… in a terrific program entitled ‘Ninfale: Ovid, Poetry, and Music in Italy at the End of the Middle Ages.
The Boston Music Intelligencer :
Taking their cue from Boccaccio, Avery Gosfield and Francis Biggi of Ensemble Lucidarium presented a lively and varied program of late medieval music and poetry… The performance of an anonymous early two-voice madrigal, Pianze la bella iguana, by the two sopranos without accompaniment, was a delight, their voices complimenting each other in perfect intonation… A medieval jam session involving all members of the ensemble brought the first half of the program to a rousing close.