In Stile Moderno: Lute Songs of John Dowland and Contemporaries
November 15 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
In Stile Moderno presents “Come Again: Lute Songs of John Dowland and his Contemporaries.”
Beloved and lesser-known lute songs by John Dowland and his contemporaries take on a new dimension in the first concert of our season, which will be performed in historical pronunciation using facsimile table book editions of the music. In Stile Moderno appears for the first time as a four-voice ensemble with lute, bringing to life the poetry of Elizabethan England with the original pronunciation of the time. Otherwise unheard rhymes and puns jump to the ear and a refreshingly direct and earthy timbre colors the language, while Dowland’s virtuosic contrapuntal writing is showcased by the lute and four-voice texture. Join us around the table for a feast of whimsical, melancholy and touching music.
Performers include Agnes Coakley Cox, Sophie Michaux, Corey Dalton Hart, Adam Simon, voices; Nathaniel Cox, lute.
An ensemble for early music founded in Basel, Switzerland in 2012 by soprano Agnes Coakley and lutenist/cornettist Nathaniel Cox, In Stile Moderno is named after the “modern style” of music which emerged in Italy around 1600, the ensemble is dedicated to music of the seventeenth century, and combines fidelity to historical performance practice with a drive to make early music accessible and relevant to modern audiences. Both as a lute and voice duo and in larger formations with cornetto, organ, voice, and plucked instruments, In Stile Moderno has charmed audiences with their engaging performances of seventeenth-century music in Boston, Vermont, and New York, as well as in concert series in Switzerland, Germany, and France.