BREAKING THE HABIT
Music by and for women in Renaissance Europe
The sixteenth century saw an unprecedented number of female rulers. From the powerful Medici women in Italy to the great Tudor queens of England, women across Europe held more power than ever before. Many of these monarchs used their patronage to facilitate the production of music of exquisite beauty by the finest composers of the day, extravagant showcases of their power contrasting with intimate and personal compositions. The century also saw the first publications of music by female composers, often Italian nuns, whose convents supported musical groups of astonishing ability. In this fascinating program, Stile Antico shines a light on an often-neglected repertoire, bringing to life women from the Renaissance through song.
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