Ludovico’s Band is one of Australia’s most dynamic Baroque bands acclaimed for its performances of music from the 16th to the 18th centuries. The combination of multiple plucked string instruments with soaring violins and a rich bowed bass creates a unique and exotic sound world.
Creativity against the odds and seizing the moment – that is what it was all about in 1620s Tuscany. Female leaders needed female composers to create the soundtrack that would justify their exceptional power.
This performance celebrates the feats by women in music featuring a selection of songs by Strozzi, Leonarda and Caccini. From the first opera written by a woman, Francesca Caccini, to the overwhelming printed creative output by Italian composer Barbara Strozzi and Isabella Leonarda, one of the most prolific convent composers of the Baroque era.
Voices of Women is sponsored by the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions (CHE), which uses historical knowledge from Europe between 1100 and 1800 to understand the long history of emotional behaviours. Through audience surveys and research, CHE will engage with the Voices of Women performance to find out how present-day audiences in Melbourne respond to the music of female Baroque composers. Our contemporary responses can then be analysed within a longer history of emotional engagement with the music of women composers in the Western tradition.
Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre & Ludovico’s Band
A selection of songs from Barbara Strozzi, Isabella Leonarda and Francesca Caccini
Helen Thomson soprano
Tuesday 20 March 2018 6.30pm
Duration: 1 hour (no interval)
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