Every year, the Association of the Friends of the Château de Bournazel organises a rich cultural season in order to revive this jewel. The château hosts musical and theatrical events, university symposiums, artists’ residences, all of which highlight the extraordinary diversity of the European Renaissance.


Saturday, 25 March, 8 pm

Bright and Early: early Italian and French lute music sixteenth century. Pieces by Spinacino, Dalza and Attaingnant

Hopkinson Smith, Renaissance lute by Joel van Lennep, Boston, 1977

The new program proposed by Hopkinson Smith as part of the concerts at Château de Bournazel explores an almost unprecedented side of the lute repertoire from the Italian and French Renaissance.

The Lute Books of Francesco Spinacino (1507) and Zoan Ambrozio Dalza (1508) are the cornerstones of the history of music. Edited by Petrucci in Venice, they contain not only the first printed music for the lute but also, with the exception of some fragments of tablatures, the very first sources of music for the instrument that have reached us. Both bear witness to the true blossoming of the culture of the lute in Italy at the beginning of the 16th century.

If Spinacino’s pieces are imprinted with elaborate contrapuntal writing, though incomplete and full of errors, those of Dalza are directly inspired by popular dances conducive to improvisation, foreshadowing even what will later become Country Music!

Alternating with these Italian composers, Hopkinson Smith will also play music by the first French tablatures for lute. The two series printed in 1529 and 1530 by Pierre Attaingnant contain preludes, music for dancing (sometimes with obvious Celtic roots), as well as some of the most beautiful songs of his time.

Information and reservations

Adult : €20 – Under 18’s : €15


Tel: 05 65 80 81 99 or 06 65 54 12 42

Address: Château de Bournazel, Place du Foirail 12390 BOURNAZEL

Further concerts for 2023 will be announced shortly

Previous Performances

2022 - Programme Musical

Florent Audibert et Matthieu Schweiger,  Le Cabaret Décousu de Philippe Meyer, Justin Taylor, Rémy Cardinale, Ensemble La Chacana, L’Armée des Romantiques et Tasto Solo

2021 - Programme Musical

Le Cabaret Décousu de Philippe Meyer, Bor Zuljan, Tasto Solo et Benjamin Alard

2020 - Ensemble Tasto Solo - « Virtuosity and Refinement at the turn of the Renaissance »

Three concerts by an ensemble now central to the European cultural landscape, featuring repertoires from the 14th, 15th and 16th centuries. 

2019 - Ensemble Tasto Solo - Anna Inglese

Concert dedicated to Anna Inglese, one of the few professional singers working in Italy in the 15th century, whose “soft and subtle voice, not human but divine” had been noted in 1455. 

2019 - Carte blanche to the La Lyra ensemble

Three concerts devoted to the extraordinary evolution of keyboard instruments during the Renaissance, through three original and rare approaches.

2018 - Keyboards in the Renaissance

Ensemble TASTO SOLO (Guillermo Perèz, organetto, David Catalunya, clavisimbalum and Angélique Mauillon, renaissance harp) Enea Sorini, tenor and Corina Marti, Renaissance harpsichord Pierre Hantaï, harpsichord

2017 - Ensemble Doulce Mémoire​

Made up of a team of faithful and close-knit musicians and singers, the Doulce Mémoire ensemble has been involved for more than twenty-five years in artistic adventures that are always innovative, with the regular participation of actors and dancers.

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Crédit photographique : Robin .H. Davies

The Association of the Friends of Château de Bournazel was created in January 2012 with the aim of promoting this exceptional Historic Monument by organising cultural events contributing to the enhancement of the artistic heritage of the Renaissance. The Association, through its actions, aims to encourage the reception of the public but also of researchers specialising in the period. In the same way, the association provides human, material and financial support for the conservation, restoration, protection and accessibility of the Château.

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