Friday 20 March, 1pm
Nouvelle Musique – Innovative music for viols from the court of Philip the Fair
At the start of the 16th century viols and their consorts were still new, so with a keen eye to fashion, Philip the Fair, the then Duke of Burgundy, employed viol players in his court. His son, the future Charles V, was taught the viol by Henry Bredemers and Isabella d’Este wrote to Duke Ercole d’Este asking for viols to be sent with her on her visit to the Netherlands on account of the esteem in which they were held in that region.
The Linarol Consort of Viols play on instruments based on the earliest surviving viol, a Venetian instrument from around 1540, creating a unique sound quite distinct from the later instruments most commonly known today. This programme will explore the rich diversity of music popular in the Flemish court at the zenith of its ascendency.