Works by Johannes Ciconia performed by
On Friday 14 June, early music specialists La Morra explore the life of Johannes Ciconia through music. Over the years La Morra have built a reputation for innovative and well-researched programming, so we ask ‘Who is Johannes Ciconia and why him?’
Born in France but brought up in Italy, Johannes was a composer and music theorist in the late Middle Ages, from around 1370 to 1412.
His father shared the same name as did three other men in his village. As well as causing confusion for historians, this could have caused a good few Spartacus moments (‘I’m Johannes Ciconia.’ ‘No, I’m Johannes Ciconia!’). He is an enigmatic figure in music history and there is much mystery surrounding his life.
Johannes’s music is fascinating and despite cloudy areas in his biography, his compositions can provide some interesting clues. Pieces like Una Panthera which seem typical of Northern Italy appear side-by-side with compositions seemingly closer to the French Ars Nova.
Although he had connections to the Cathedral of Padua, some sources suggest that he would have also been well-known in Florence, yet there is barely any mention of his work in the Florentine records of the era. The majority of speculation lies around his travels; his music suggests that this was a man who travelled the breadth of Italy, possibly across borders, and absorbed various musical styles along the way.
So who was Johannes Ciconia and why is La Morra paying tribute to him? I guess we’ll find out on Friday 14 June.
Take a listen to La Morra’s lively performance of Ciconia’s Musique Profane from the album Ciconia: Opera Omnia.
The Sixteen. Photo: Richard Crossley.
Got tickets for The Earth Resounds, A Tribute to Johannes Ciconia or The Cardinall’s Musick (or all three!) but can’t wait until the concert? We’ve put together a playlist featuring finger-tingling performances by some of our Baroque and Renaissance festival favourites including works by Josquin des Prez, Handel, Orlande de Lassus and Tomas Luis de Victoria.
The playlist finishes off with John Dowland’s haunting 16th century instrumental Lachrimae and ayre Flow My Tears, the inspiration behind our contemporary Associate Artist Scanner’s programme of events demonstrating the interplay between new and early music throughout the season.
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Joglaresa will be performing eclectic medieval music at the Winter Festival this year. Having taken part in the Brighton Early Music Festival, they will begin their ‘On Yoolis Night’ tour very soon! They sent us a postcard from ‘sunny’ Brighton:
- Joglaresa’s postcard from Brighton
Dear Spitalfields Music,
Well we’ve had a wonderful time down at the Brighton Early Music Festival (BREMF) this year. With singing medieval slave girls, belly dancers and the wonderful Brighton Community Choir taking part, the night was never going to be anything but exhilarating! Despite a bit of rain the audience came out in force, even singing and dancing along with us, it was absolutely amazing.
Only 4 weeks to go now until we begin our On Yoolis Night tour, eek! Really looking forward to coming back to see you all again on Dec. 19th, we’ll be sure to keep you updated with all things Christmassy through Twitter @_Joglaresa
Hope you’re having a wonderful time with the preparations for your Winter Festival!
See you soon,
We’ve compiled a Joglaresa playlist on Spotify for you to sample some delectable traditional English music from the 12th-15th Century. Joglaresa will be performing at the Winter Festival on Monday 19 December from 7pm to 8pm. For more details, head over to our website. Tickets £5-£15.
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