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:

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)

The forthcoming concert for Saint Cecilia's day, Cecilia Sings, will continue the theme of bird mythology that was initiated in the first three concerts, melded with ideas about Saint Cecilia. Text and artwork by students from Marylebone Girls' School will illustrate newly commissioned musical works on the theme of female power, passion and spirit by Janet Oates (with new text by Euan Tait), Sheena Phillips, Dominic McGonigal and Joel Jårventausta. These new works will complement further repertoire from the Concerto delle Donne, and madrigals by Maddalena Casulana.

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