To celebrate the launch of their latest CD, Magnificat brings to life compositions inspired by Girolamo Savonarola, the 15th-century Dominican friar who preached passionately for political, social and spiritual reform in Florence. Savonarola’s followers stoked the famous “Bonfires of the Vanities” burning art, books and other “worldly” items. His outspoken criticisms of Pope Alexander VI ultimately led to Savonarola’s excommunication, imprisonment, admission of heresy under torture, and execution.
Amongst the “vanities” Savonarola decried was over-elaborate sacred music, yet Savonarola had a long-lasting – if inadvertent – musical influence after his death. His writings inspired some of the greatest compositions of the 16th century, including Josquin’s exquisite Miserere mei, Deus and Byrd’s masterpiece Infelix ego.
Friday 26 February 2016, 7.30pm
Emmanuel United Reformed Church, Cambridge, CB2 1RR
Tickets available through our Events Calendar.
Ecce quam bonum - attr. to Nicolas Gombert (c.1495-c.1560)
Missa Ecce quam bonum: Kyrie & Gloria in excelsis - Jean Mouton (1459-1522)
Laetamini in Domino - Philippe Verdelot (1475-1552)
Missa Ecce quam bonum: Sanctus, Benedictus, Agnus Dei I & II - Jean Mouton
INTERVAL (20 mins) - refreshments served
Miserere mei - Josquin des Prez (c.1450-1521)
Tribularer si nescirem - Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (c.1525-1594)
Tristitia obsedit me - Claude LeJeune (c.1528/30-1600)
Infelix ego - William Byrd (c.1540-1623)