Free, no tickets required
The Case Western Reserve University Collegium Musicum, directed by Debra Nagy, presents “Hélas Amour”—featuring chansons and dance music from the Codex Canonici by Guillaume Dufay, Gilles Binchois, and Hugo de Lantins performed by solo singers and an ensemble of multi-instrumentalists including vielles, plectrum lute, douçaines, and recorders. As one of the most important manuscripts from the fifteenth century, this codex is bears witness to tremendous changes in musical style from the Ars Nova to Ars Subtilior and the influential Contenance Angloise. The result is gorgeous sonorities, mesmerizing melodies, and jazz-like rhythms set to heartfelt, stylized texts depicting all aspects of Courtly Love.
GUILLAUME DUFAY (1397–1474)
Ma belle dame souverainne
Arr. DEBRA NAGY & SIAN RICKETTS
Three basse danses on Sans faire de vous départie
HUGO DE LANTINS (fl. 1420–39), Arr. NAGY
Je me complains
GILLES BINCHOIS (c. 1400–1460)
Basse danses on Tristre plaisir
JOHANNES LEGRANT (fl. 1420–1440), Arr. NAGY
Entre vous nouviaux mariés
About the Performers
- Michael Bane, lute, is a third-year PhD student in the historical musicology program at CWRU. Before arriving in Cleveland, he studied classical guitar with Anne Waller at Northwestern University and Javier Calderon at the University of Wisconsin.
- Cynthia Black, vielle, is a first-year master’s student at CWRU in historical performance practices from Dallas, Texas. She studies violin, viola, and vielle with Julie Andrijeski and Debra Nagy.
- Luke Conklin, recorder, douçaine, is a first-year DMA student in historical performance practice at CWRU. He studies baroque oboe with Debra Nagy.
- Tracy Cowart, mezzo-soprano, is in the final year of a DMA in historical performance practice at CWRU. She studies voice with Ellen Hargis and assists Bev Simmons with the direction of the Early Music Singers and Julie Andrijeski with the Renaissance and Baroque Dance Ensemble.
- Elena Mullins, soprano, is a third-year DMA student at CWRU in historical performance practice. She studies voice with Ellen Hargis.
- Sian Ricketts, soprano, recorder, is a third-year doctoral student at Case in historical performance practices. She studies baroque oboe with Debra Nagy and voice with Ellen Hargis.
- John Romey, vielle, is a second-year Ph.D. student in historical musicology with an emphasis in historical performance practice at Case Western Reserve University. He studies violone with Rob Nairn and viol with Cathy Meints.
- Corey Shotwell, tenor, is a first-year master’s student at CIM studying vocal performance from Ionia, Michigan. He studies with Dr. Dean Southern.