The great poet Dante Alighieri, in Il Purgatorio, referred to the famous troubadour Arnaut Daniel as “il miglior fabbro”, “the best maker/smith/craftsman”. Now Motus Harmonicus presents one take on “the best maker,” presenting Dante’s Commedia through music of the Italian seicento. Songs, arias and motets tell of Dante’s journey through Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise in his own words, as well as his personal journey in poetic style.
“O frate”, disse, “questi ch’io ti cerno
col dito”, e additò un spirto innanzi,
“fu miglior fabbro del parlar materno.
Dante Alighieri, Il Purgatorio XIV, canto xxvi
Music: C. Monteverdi, V. D’India, L. Viadana, etc.
Programme for 4-6 musicians: 2 voices, 2 violins, viola da gamba, basso continuo.