Saturday 11 June 2016
17.00 Bibliotheca Augusta, Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel
The ensembles Bella Discordia and The Schoole of Night will present a variety of pieces connected or dedicated to various foreign European consorts of the first half of the 17th century – from Christine de Lorraine, Maria Magdalena of Austria, Anna de Medici to the Empress Eleonora Gonzaga.
The music by Giulio and Francesca Caccini, Barbara Strozzi, Claudio Monteverdi and Dietrich von dem Werder will represent the cycle of a consort’s life that started with wedding festivities and ended with the death of her husband.
Wedding cantatas will be intertwined with religious chamber pieces showing a consort’s piety, it will be accompanied by instrumental pieces from the courts in Brussels (Giovanni Paolo Foscarini) and the royal court of Warsaw from Marco Schacchi’s Cribrum musicum (1643) and it will all end with songs of mourning and consolation.