2015 Concert Series
RENAISSANCE ON THE MEDITERRANEAN
The Mediterranean of the 16th century was a rich multicultural society bursting with diversity and culture, a fertile territory for music that was spirited and passionate. Traveling from Spanish shores to Southern Italian ports and passing through Greece to exotic Constantinople, La Compañia captures the sensual melodies and rhythms in a program spiced with melodic improvisations. From this vibrant and exuberant region we celebrate renaissance life through song and dance.
Period experts La Compañia explore the music of the celebrated Spanish manuscript ‘The Duke of Calabria’s Songbook’, published in 1556. The Duke was the quintessential Renaissance man and his court, in the famed metropolis of Valencia, was filled with music, beauty and culture. This collection of colouful songs, with sensual melodies and infectious rhythms are deliciously portrayed on diverse and unique instruments, displaying the musical mastery and emotions of the Spanish Renaissance.
A LA DANZA
In the Renaissance and early Baroque innovative styles of dance music emerged from Italy and Spain, they included the chacona, passacalle, folia and passamezzo. Reaching new heights of popularity throughout all of Europe, these tunes allowed for total artistic freedom in interpretation, and were the foundation for virtuosic melodic variations. Internationally acclaimed for their individualistic style and expressiveness La Compañia rediscovers these dance groves with a rich palate of period instrument and voice.
The Spanish Empire during the Golden Age was a global super power with far reaching territories, and with rich cultural influences the music was vibrant and colourful. On period instruments, La Compania embarks on a musical journey beginning on the Iberian Peninsula during the Renaissance, where a distinctive style emerged celebrating a newly united Spain and travels deep into to the Latin American Baroque to discover the vast riches in a glorious cross-cultural fusion of musical connections.
This Series was presented by La Compañia with support from the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria and by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.
2014 Concert Series
Música Española Jardins de Mélodies
Antica Italiana Antica Italiana
2013 Concert Series
THE SPANISH COLLECTION
LA DOLCE VITA
LA SUAVE MELODIA
THE BAROQUE AMERICAS
2012 Concert Series
La Melodia Antica
Queen of the Golden Age
Flemish Masters Abroad
Mexican Baroque Encounters
2011 Concert Series
Discovery – The Portuguese EmpireConcert 2
Metropolis – The Venetian RepublicConcert 3
Civilization – The Duchy of BurgundyConcert 4
Exchange – The Danish CourtConcert 5
Diversity – The Kingdom of Naples
2010 Concert SeriesConcert 1
Los Maestros de Sevilla
Seville as the sole port for the riches of the New World, flourished in the 16th century with its cathedrals attracting the finest composers and musicians, and its publishing houses printing many of the masterpieces of Spanish music.Concert 2
Calendimaggio di Firenze
The Florentine Calendimaggio, or May carnival, during the rule of the Medici’s was an elaborate outdoor festival celebrating spring. All classes of Florentines parading through the streets singing and dancing the ‘canzoni da ballo’.Concert 3
Chansons nouvelles de Paris
The Parisian chansons that entertained the French bourgeoisie flourished in the 16th century, popular throughout Europe, they were highly varied in character and included some of the most popular tunes of the time.Concert 4
Music for a Bavarian Duke
Albert V, Duke of Bavaria, a lavish patron of the arts, established his court as a significant cultural hub north of the Alps with the finest international talents including impressive instrumental and vocal forces.