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Pierre Hamon, Marc Mauillon, Vivabiancaluna Biffi

  • Conservatorium van Amsterdam 151 Oosterdokskade Amsterdam, NH, 1011 DL Netherlands (map)

Online: € 25,– / € 20,– / € 12,50
At the door: € 28,– / € 23,– / € 15,–

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Machaut: l’Amoureus Tourment

To sing and interpret Guillaume de Machaut’s first song Loyaté, que point ne delay (“Loyalty, which brooks no delay”) in its entirety, is first of all to confront medieval lyrical art in its highest form, to seek a balance between a state of hypnosis born of the repetition of a sublime, discreetly ornate melody on the one hand, and the incessant renewal of the harmony between poetry and music on the other hand; but it is more than that, because if Machaut is undoubtedly the greatest French poet and composer of the 14th century, he allows us here, performers and listeners alike, to make a real inner experience of the power and magic of time, of the feeling of the sacred in the poetic and musical art of courteous love.

Beyond this experience, which constitutes the entire second part of the concert, this programme is also a tribute to the two musical currents at the origin of this masterpiece: that of the troubadours, with of course the first, Guillaume de Poitiers, IX° Duc d‘Aquitaine, but also the Celtic breath, with its prodigious faculty for verbal and formal invention, whose importance has too long been overlooked in our humanist culture.

Indeed, in the Middle Ages, Breton harpers travelled, sang and made known even in Italian and German courts what was called the “material of Brittany”: Arthurian stories or the history of Tristan...

Pierre Hamon, recorders
Marc Mauillon, voice
Vivabiancaluna Biffi, Vielle