THE GONZAGA BAND returns to Warwick St Mary’s Church on Tuesday 22nd March.
This will be the last concert of Leamington Music’s early music season.
The group, led by Jamie Savan on cornett, includes other instrumentalists of the day – Oliver Webber on fiddle, Mark Caudle on violone, Guy Morley on bass sackbut and Steven Devine on harpsichord and organ.
Soprano Faye Newton is also back with the band, who were a big hit with Warwick audiences at their last gig in January 2020.
The Gonzaga Band, now celebrating its 25th anniversary, bears the name of the ducal family of Mantua, where the composer Monteverdi was prominent, and music linked to Venice and Veneto was at the heart of the programming which delighted the public. throughout Great Britain.
For this concert, the group will travel west to Milan to perform music written between 1592 and 1626.
The programme, Alla Milanese, will feature works by well-known composers across Europe, including Palestrina and Lassus, and will also introduce Warwick audiences to others from the Milan area, such as the Cima brothers, Giovanni Paolo and Andrea.
In the 1590s Milan was a very important center for the development of the violin and Riccardo and Francesco members of the Rognoni family were prominent. The proximity of Cremona and Brescia as centers of violin making was also important. Singers too were challenged by the virtuoso writing of composers like Bovicelli and the ornamentation became increasingly elaborate.
Throughout northern Italy, the music in the convents was remarkably loud. Not only were works by male composers performed, but many nuns contributed superb compositions. These included Caterina Assandra whose works in the decade following 1606 were particularly notable. It was published among others and a prominent music publisher of the time, Filippo Lomazzo, added a lot to the musical ecology of Milan.
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