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In Stile Moderno: Lute Songs of John Dowland and Contemporaries

November 15 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Boston-based early music ensemble In Stile Moderno returns to Brattleboro on Friday, November 15 at 7:30 pm for the first concert of its 2019–2020 season, with “Come Again: Lute Songs of John Dowland and his Contemporaries,” a concert of songs for lute and four voices from early seventeenth-century England.

The concert will be held at the Brattleboro Music Center, 72 Blanche Moyse Way, Brattleboro, VT. Tickets are $20/$10 and are available at instilemoderno.com or at the door.

Motivated by a desire to experience the music of John Dowland as it would have originally been performed, the ensemble’s founders, Brattleboro native Nathaniel Cox (lute) and Agnes Coakley Cox (soprano) invited Boston-based singers Sophie Michaux, Corey Dalton Hart and Adam Jacob Simon to form a four-voice ensemble for this concert. Together, the singers have worked to integrate the use of historical pronunciation of English (the “accent” that would have been heard in the London of Shakespeare’s time) into their singing, and to read from a facsimile of the original sheet music—which requires the four singers to sit around one table.

Although often performed as solos, many of the lute songs of John Dowland and his contemporaries have four vocal parts, explains Coakley Cox. “Hearing these songs in the rich texture of a four-voice ensemble really brings them to life, and using the original pronunciation adds a new color—more direct, earthier. Words which wouldn’t rhyme in modern pronunciation suddenly rhyme. It’s a fascinating way to look at English music.” The songs, interspersed with several lute solos performed by Cox, range from melancholy to light-hearted and fantastical.

In Stile Moderno was founded in 2012 and is dedicated to making rarely-heard works of the seventeenth century accessible and relevant to modern audiences. 2019–2020 marks the group’s second season in Cambridge, MA and Brattleboro, VT.



November 15
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Brattleboro Music Center
72 Blanche Moyse Way
Brattleboro, VT 05301 United States
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  • BMC Bravo SocietyThe Brattleboro Music Center relies on volunteers in the community who give generously of their time. We are pleased to honor the following for their help from June through October 2019:
    Tanya Balsley, Karen Becker, Chris Bowen, Deb Bunker, Tim Callahan, Amy Cann, Peter Case, Lisa Cox, Doug Cox, Walter Cramer, Judy Fink, Rob Freeberg, Bill Gottesman, Lerna Gottesman, Freddie Hart, Kimi Hasegawa, Jenny Holan, Dawn Kersula, Bruce Landenberger, Meg Lyons, Joe Madison, Sheila Magnuson, Jim Maxwell, Raquel Moreno, Guy Payne, Didi and Matt Prignano, Alison Schantz, Joe Sylvester, Melissa Trainor and Bob Wickberg

The Brattleboro Music Center

72 Blanche Moyse Way
Brattleboro, VT  05301

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