Fantasia – music from the English and Italian Renaissance

In this concert we follow the development of the three-part fantasia during the 16th century and compare it with some three part vocal compositions of the same era. How do composers deal with a completely free form? How is a composition influenced by (not) having a text? And why does music from 1550 still appeal to our imagination in 2012? Listen to the Early Byrds and let your fantasy roam freely.

Isaac, Willaert, Lassus – Flemish fame in the Renaissance

Heinrich Isaac, Adriaan Willaert and Orlande de Lassus, all three composers of Flemish origin, set out to find their future outside the borders of their homeland and went on to rank among the greatest composers of their times. Paris, Innsbruck, Rome, Munich, Venice, Florence; the cultural capitals of this era of invention and progress were happy to welcome the masters from the Low Lands. But what moved those young men to give up the security of their homes and undertake the long and dangerous travel across Europe? And why did they become so popular and successful?Join the Early Byrds in a musical Grand Tour of the exciting world of reawakening Europe, in a story of inspiration, ambition and devotion to one’s art.

Ile Fantazies de Joskin EN (English) Ile fantazies de Josquin NL (Dutch)

The imagination of Josquin lends his music a transcendent quality, combining polyphony, form and symbolism with apparent easy. This programme demonstrates how he is related to his colleagues and how he was aware of the context in which he wrote. The music will be verbally illustrated and supplied with the original texts. In this way, the Early Byrds share with the audience a glimpse of the genius of Josquin and show what prompted Martin Luther to call him “der Noten Meister.”