Linarol Consort of Viols and Heloise Bernard

Date(s) - 6th Nov 2022
15:30 - 17:30



On Sunday November 6th the Linarol Consort of Viols will be performing Epitaph for a Green Lover with soprano Heloise Bernard. The music is from the song books of Marguerite of Austria (1480-1530) who was a patron of the arts. She possessed a collection of treasures and her library included several chansonniers containing works by Josquin, Ockeghem, Obrecht and Pierre de la Rue. She commissioned several illuminated manuscripts as gifts for political allies relatives.

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Epitaph For a Green Lover
The Linarol Consort with soprano Héloïse Bernard tell the remarkable story of Marguerite of Austria, one of the 16th century’s greatest patrons of the arts, through music from her own manuscripts.

Marguerite not only loved to dance and sing: above all she loved her green parrot.

The programme’s title comes from the remarkable chanson ‘Soubz ce tumbel’, with its tragic text by Marguerite’s court poet, Jean Lemaire, taken from his ‘Epitaphe de l’Amant Vert’, in which the Green Lover refers to the beloved green parrot.

The programme comprises songs and instrumental music played by renaissance viols with a rebec, pipes and drums making an appearance too.

WEM is grateful to Worcester Arts Council and the Elmley Foundation for their support


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