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Book of Flames and Shadows – a Musicon concert

May 10 @ 7:30 am - 8:30 pm

Durham University’s Musicon concert series continues online this coming Monday with a concert by world-leading vocal ensemble EXAUDI, who have recorded a unique programme blending the earliest madrigals of the Italian Renaissance with new music by Assistant Professor in Composition, James Weeks.

Book of Flames and Shadows is a continuous sequence of music lasting about an hour, incorporating two pieces by James Weeks (*1978) and madrigals by Jacques Arcadelt (1507-68). Its theme is the discovering, or awakening, of the sensual and erotic power of the spoken word, and its transformation into song, through the love poetry of Petrarch (1304-74) and his later imitators, including Pietro Bembo (1470-1547). A music of beginnings, of brief glances and tentative flowerings, planted in Italian Renaissance soil; looking back to the reticent, emerging expressivity of the earliest madrigals, to the subtle attuning of sound and meaning in Petrarch, and to the way these new-old powers enable the artist to trace with more electric precision the contours of desire.

The concert will premiere at 7.30pm on Monday 10th May, on Durham University Music Department’s YouTube channel, at https://youtu.be/2i1TTQWO7BI. It’s free to watch, and will be followed by a post-concert talk on Zoom, to which all are welcome. The concert will remain online for 1 month after the premiere.

We would be delighted to welcome you to this special event. For more information about Musicon’s online 2020-21 season, and to watch previous concerts, please visit https://www.durham.ac.uk/departments/academic/music/about-us/musicon/.


May 10
7:30 am - 8:30 pm
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