Sunday, November 5, 2017, 4 p.m.
Corpus Christi Church
Brigitte Lesne and Pierre Hamon, directors
Nolwenn Le Guern, Michaël Grébil, Lior Leibovici
Juifs et Trouvères: Jewish Songs of the 13th Century in Old French and Hebrew
For this revelatory program, Alla francesca reconstructs songs from manuscripts of the Jewish communities living in Northern France in the second half of the 13th century. Since only a few musical fragments remain, the group sets the intertwined Hebrew and langue d’oïl poetry to tunes by contemporaneous composers, the songs accompanied by varied medieval instruments.
Post-concert Q and A
“Alla francesca’s interest is situated between the end of the 11th and the 16th centuries. The musicians reveal to our ears a new musical world made of poetry and joy, simplicity and extreme sophistication.” —Musica Antigua, Colombia
Artist Bios and Program
Since its founding in the early 1990s, Alla francesca has explored all types of music from the Middle Ages to repertory of the early Renaissance, including solo songs in the various Romance languages, pieces meant specifically for instruments, polyphony, and folk music whose roots go back to that early era.
The ensemble has been under the joint direction of Brigitte Lesne and Pierre Hamon, depending on the program or project, since 2000. Expert interpreters of medieval music, Alla francesca can be heard in the most important early music festivals on every continent. The group has released seventeen recordings, the latest, troubadour songs Trobar & Joglar, and Jewish songs from the north of France. In 2016, the ensemble Alla francesca collaborated with contemporary dance choreographer Alban Richard in a show entitled “Nombrer les étoiles.” In 2017, Alla francesca is creating a new program, “Love variations.”
Alla francesca is produced by the Centre de musique médiévale de Paris.
With the support of the French Ministry of Culture
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