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Musica Nova: Musical Innovation In 14th Century Italy

Ensemble Micrologus

The Italian Trecento (14th  century) was the age of Dante, Petrarch and Boccaccio. It saw the rising splendour of the Tuscan cities and the misery of the Black Death. It also saw a musical revolution that would be felt for centuries to come. Micrologus performs famous ballatas, madrigals singing of love, anonymous instrumental dances like the saltarelli and the istampitte, and pieces by great 14th century Florentine composers: such as Gherardello, Lorenzo Masi and Francesco Landini.

"Imagine a medieval band cutting loose in the village square on a festival day!" - Jeremy Eichler, The Boston Globe

A dynamic performance displaying acoustic vigour, captivating dances, and a timbric richness which reveals the multi-instrumentalist skills of the musicians...’  Alessandra Sciortino, La Repubblica, 02/11/2015



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