Dante and music of the early Italian baroque : 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.
Sir Philip Sidney (1554-1586) left an immense legacy not only to history, but also to literature, philosophy, and music. His travels on diplomatic missions took him throughout Europe, as far east as Poland and as far south as Florence. Living at the heart of cultural and religious changes that characterised 16th century Europe, he witnessed the Saint Bartholomew’s Day Massacre in Paris, met with numerous important intellectuals and politicians including Emperor Rudolph II and his circle in Prague, and lost his life at the Battle of Zutphen in the Netherlands.