Do you love Early Music? Would you like to wind down after work with some polyphony? Join us for our small, inspirational Early Nights workshops with specialist, Scott Inglis-Kidger, in the beguiling setting of St Barnabas, Pimlico.
THE GESUALDO EFFECT
In this season of Early Nights we present a long-awaited series based on the music of Carlo Gesualdo da Venosa (c1566-1613).
Gesualdo violently murdered his first wife and her lover, having caught them in flagrante delicto. Unbelievably, he was not prosecuted due to his status as a Prince. Whilst he may have avoided incarceration, he clearly did not recover from the psychological trauma of this shocking crime, later forcing himself into isolation. During these dark times, Gesualdo wrote the most exotic, daring and ground-breaking polyphony of the late Renaissance; full of tormented harmony, extreme voicing and astonishingly dense textures.
After Gesualdo's death, these unique works were not heard again until the late 19th century, when a dark fascination with his crimes and music developed. In the 20th century, Igor Stravinsky famously paid homage to Gesualdo by creating a collection of recomposed works entitled Monumentum pro Gesualdo. We look forward to exploring this extraordinary sound-world with you.
Due to the popularity of Early Nights, booking is by ballot. Please apply before 5pm on Sunday 30th December. Workshops will be allocated shortly after the closing date to ensure a good balance of voices. You will be automatically reimbursed for any workshops you are not allocated.
VENUE: St Barnabas Church, St Barnabas Street, London SW1W 8PF
COST: £20 per evening (includes music and hot drinks).
DATES & REPERTOIRE
MONDAY 14TH JANUARY 2018
Gesualdo Ave Regina Coelorum
Gesualdo Dignare Me
MONDAY 28TH JANUARY 2018
Gesualdo Deus Refugium et Virtus
MONDAY 11TH FEBRUARY 2018
Gesualdo Tribulationem et Dolorem
Gesualdo Sancti Spiritus Domine
MONDAY 25TH FEBRUARY 2018
Gesualdo Ave Dulcissima Maria
Gesualdo Precibus et Meritus
MONDAY 11TH MARCH 2018
Gesualdo Venit Lumen Tuum
Gesualdo Illumina Faciem Tuam
MONDAY 25TH MARCH 2018
Gesualdo Hei Mihi, Domine
Gesualdo O Vos Omnes (1603)