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
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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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