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The Orlando Consort
The Rose, the Lily and the Whortleberry: Gardens and Horticulture in Medieval and Renaissance Music Summon up a pictorial image of Medieval courtly love and it is almost inevitable that it will feature a garden. Throughout history, the symbolic and allegorical allure of flowers has been irresistible to artists, poets and composers who have delighted in the overt beauty and secret codes that flowers convey. This program explores the inventiveness of composers from the 13th to the 16th centuries from all over Europe who have employed floral imagery to illustrate earthly and heavenly love, in pure and sometimes erotic manner. From France in the 13th and 14th centuries come some of the earliest of all written songs and music by Machaut, possibly the greatest of all musical portrayers of courtly love. From England, spellbinding sacred music from the 15th century in motets from the Song of Songs. From 15th and 16th century Burgundy, France, and Italy, music by Ciconia, Brumel, Clemens non Papa, Gombert, and others that effortlessly switches between enchanting representations of horticulture and sentiments that would make any keen gardener blush! The concert finishes at approximately 9.10pm