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The Year of Leonardo da Vinci: Medieval music in Bratislava

The music of the Middle Ages is the protagonist of a concert organized by the Italian Cultural Institute of Bratislava for the year dedicated to Leonardo da Vinci, on the 500th anniversary of his death. The “Arco Antiqua Ensemble” will accompany viewers tomorrow in the Church of the Capuchins on a musical journey through the whole period reproducing the sound of the music of the Renaissance. The songs are often by anonymous authors and of different origins: they range from the “Danza del Porcaro”, of Hungarian origin to pieces by important authors such as Michael Praetorius (1571-1621). An excerpt from the famous medieval collection the Carmina Burana will also be presented, as well as the composition “Canconeta de Purim” written by Mordecai Dato, an Emilian intellectual who lived in the 16th century, and which represents one of the few examples of 16th century Italian-Jewish music. There will also be a tribute to St. Francis of Assisi with the composition “Sia Laudato San Francesco” taken from the musical codex Laudario di Cortona. A part of the event is dedicated to “Lunacy”, one of the oldest themes in European music, while there will also be a “Saltarello” and “Tourdion” which are always a favorite with the public. The “Ensemble Arco Antiqua” Association has the aim of spreading musical culture through its members who are all professionals from all over the world and who have specialized in ancient music in the foremost European schools and academies.

Italian Cultural Institute Bratislava