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Beasts & Gods

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 Banner Galway Early Music Festival

A musical collection of mythological figures in late 14th century Italy

This concert program aims to rediscover a widespread musical practice

Simone Sorini Syrenarum
Simone Sorini, voice, gittern
Claudia Viviani, voice, percussion

both in traditional and in art music during the Italian Middle Ages, that of the two-voice polyphonic songs. In ballads and  madrigals, both typical forms for this type of musical expression, male and female voices are often treated and used as tools, with virtuosic passages and long melismas that make these pieces not only of particular curiosity for the modern ear, but also make them unique pieces of art. The poetic texts, in most cases of anonymous authors, often refer to epic and legendary themes, telling of ancient gods and strange animals, thus constituting a real "bestiary".

"The group played with such energy & vigour. There was great chemistry between them and of course they produced fantastic music! I feel inspired to learn a period instrument ." - Audience member

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