Repertoire

Accompanied by theorbo and harpsichord, the late Renaissance repertoire includes virtuosic songs originally written for the Concerto delle Donne, a trio of professional sopranos in the Court of Ferrara. So successful was the trio that to have a similar group became a status symbol among the courts of North Italy - and the gorgeous, emotional repertoire that composers clamoured to write for them helped to forge not only a new style of dramatic music that influenced the new genre of opera, but also gave women musicians the high status that they had not had before. Though the primary composers for the original group were men - Luzzaschi and Mazzocchi - there were also women who wrote for the genre, primarily Barbara Strozzi and, later, Francesca Caccini.

The first three concerts by Philomel showcased four new pieces commissioned for them:

The fourth and fifth concerts, 'Cecilia Sings', featured another four new pieces written for Phiomel:

Repertoire, concert 1:

1.O Ignee Spiritus: Hildegarde of Bingen (1098 - 1179) (arr. Oates)
2.O dolcezze amarissime d'Amore: Luzzascho Luzzaschi (c.1545 - 1607)
3.Signor, non sotto l'ombra: Virgiolio Mazzocchi (1597 - 1646)
4.Ego flos campi: Caterina Assandra (1590 - 1618)
5.Sirens: Janet Oates
6.Light at the end of the tunnel: Emily Peasgood. This work was sponsored by Projonix
7.Maria, dolce Maria: Francesca Caccini (1587 - 1640)
8.Domine dominus noster: Lucrezia Vizzana (1590 - 1662)
9.Sappho Fragments: Miriam Mackie
10.Colombella, che di latte: Mazzocchi
11.Night Song: Dominic McGonigal
12.L'Eraclite Amoroso: Barbara Strozzi (1619 - 1677)
13.Le Rossignol: Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) (arr. Oates)

Repertoire, concerts 2 & 3:

1.O Ignee Spiritus: Hildegarde of Bingen (1098 - 1179) (arr. Oates)
2.O dolcezze amarissime d'Amore: Luzzascho Luzzaschi (c.1545 - 1607)
3.Signor, non sotto l'ombra: Virgiolio Mazzocchi (1597 - 1646)
4.Ego flos campi: Caterina Assandra (1590 - 1618)
5.Sirens: Janet Oates
6.Light at the end of the tunnel: Emily Peasgood. This work was sponsored by Projonix
7.Sonetto: Barbara Strozzi (1619 - 1677)
8.Domine dominus noster: Lucrezia Vizzana (1590 - 1662)
9.Dreaming of you
10.Colombella, che di latte: Mazzocchi
11.Night Song: Dominic McGonigal
12.L'amante Segreto: Strozzi
13.Canzona dettq La Bernardinia: Girolamo Frescobaldi (1583 - 1643)
14.Lusinghevole passeggio & Cecchina corrente: Bellerofonte Castaldi (1580 - 1649)
15.L'Eraclite Amoroso: Barbara Strozzi (1619 - 1677)
16.Le Rossignol: Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) (arr. Oates)

Repertoire, concert 4:

1.Lasciateme qui solo: Francesca Caccini (1587 - 1640)
2.Cinta di fior: Maddalena Casulana (1544 - 1590)
3.Rhythm Herd: Dominic McGonigal, text by Euan Tait (world premiere)
4.Piangete, occhi: Domenico Mazzocchi (1597 - 1665)
5.O Lilie Faire: Sheena Phillips (world premiere)
6.In Sweet Dream: S. Phillips (world premiere)
7.Ahi possanza d'Amor: Maddalena Casulana
8.Troppo ben puo: Luzzasco Luzzaschi (1545 - 1607)
9.Begli occhi: Barbara Strozzi (1619 - 1677)
10.Io d'odorate fronde: M. Casulana
11.Most quiet need: Joel Järventausta (world premiere)
12.Folle Cor: D. Mazzocchi
13.Giusta Negativa: B. Strozzi
14.Birdcries: Janet Oates, text by Euan Tait (world premiere)
i Morte che voi (Casulana)
ii Her dying is a wound
iii O notte o ciel (Casulana)
iv I built you two arches
v The wing rising
vi She, the bird call music
vii Alison sang
viii Shared streets
ix Cry of the young
x Monti selve fontani (Casulana)
xi Her music transforms

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