We are so sad this evening to hear the news of Tony Newcomb’s passing. His book, The Madrigal at Ferrara, 1579-1597, was our go-to reference for many years and the inspiration for the projects that led to recordings, concerts, and research
Musica Secreta has, over the past few decades, done concerts in England, Ireland, Germany, France, Croatia, in cathedrals, decommissioned churches, hotel restaurants, and once memorably in a tent in a field. But we have never performed in Italy before, so
As usual, it’s all very busy here at Musica Secreta central, what with performances and workshops being planned, oh and books being published… Well, one book in particular, Women and Music in Sixteenth-Century Ferrara, which is finally out and available from Cambridge University
In anticipation of the publication of my (Laurie’s) book in two weeks’ time, I thought I’d share some of the stories I’ve unearthed and insights I’ve had about Ferrara’s singing ladies and their families.
It feels like a lifetime since I began to write this book but it’s only been, what, nineteen years? Oh, and only four hundred years since the last duchess of Ferrara died in 1618. And finally, finally it is done
Give us a hug, then, and welcome back! Well, that didn’t quite go to plan. I notice that it has been almost exactly a year since the last update on the Musica Secreta blog, for which I apologise.
Well, friends, finally I can start making the scores from the recording available as PDFs. It’s not quite as I would want it: despite our best intentions, we are having to operate with human intervention rather than making them downloadable
Finally breaking radio silence after many weeks of boffin activity for me (Laurie) and course activity for Deborah! I certainly didn’t intend to leave off news for such a long time, but so many things converged in the spring and
Just. Blown. Away. by the reaction to the Guardian piece this morning. 1000+ shares already and still climbing! Laurie here – wanting to say to anyone finding us here to ask about articles, scores etc. that it’s all in train.
We are very pleased that this year Triora Musica will again be hosting a week-long course for experienced female singers – high sopranos to low tenors! – looking at convent polyphony from the late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries, including works
To mark International Women’s Day 2017, Laurie will join Donald Macleod in conversation about the women musicians of Renaissance Ferrara on BBC Radio 3’s Composer of the Week. Listen in every day 6-10 March 2017, at 1200 or 1830 to
The day is almost here: the CD will officially be on sale from tomorrow! And just in time, we can now show you this fabulous film, made by David Lefeber, the magician (producer and engineer extraordinaire) who recorded the CD.
There is a new interview with Laurie on the Obsidian website: http://obsidianrecords.co.uk/interview-with-laurie-stras. We’re getting closer and closer to the release date!! Don’t forget you can pre-order your copy, so that it will be with you to celebrate International Women’s Day with
Salve sponsa Dei virgo sacra planta minorum Tu vas munditie tu previa forma sororum Clara tua precibus duc nos ad regna polorum. One of the most unusual tracks on Lucrezia Borgia’s Daughter is the setting of the Magnificat antiphon for the
It’s wet, it’s windy, and spring feels a long way away today, so we thought we’d brighten your day with another preview from Lucrezia Borgia’s Daughter, which will be available one month today. This motet is probably the most radical on