Concert date: Wednesday Jul 18, 2012 — 9:45PM
Venue: Igreja de São Pedro de Rates -Póvoa de Varzim - PORTUGAL
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Johannes Ciconia, illegitimate son of a Liège priest, is regarded as one of the most intriguing musical personalities of the period immediately preceeding the age of Du Fay, as well as the first great oltramontano (Northern-European musician) to have made a successful career in Italy at the dawn of the Renaissance. At the pinnacle of his career he was referred to by some of his contemporaries as 'the most famous musician' (musicus famosissimus).
Ciconia feels equally 'at home' in both sacred and secular music, but it is in the latter, that his talent for absorbing and creative transforming of various stylistic elements (a gift he shared with Du Fay) is revealed. Ciconia’s secular output is fascinating in its diversity. A master of the Northern-European 'ars nova' and 'subtilitas', he is nevertheless capable of writing in purely Italian style. Moreover, he delights in blending his experiences with both worlds - with superb results.
Repertoire - Italian and French-texted secular works by Johannes Ciconia; instrumental music from the Faenza Codex