Commissioned by the Festival de Lanvellec for the 2020 festival, A Contrario is largely inspired by the 1540 edition of August Vindel and Melchior Kriegstein dedicated to Ferdinand 1st of Aragon, brother of Charles 5th and who succeeded him on the throne of the Holy Roman Empire following his abdication in 1556. The compilation is in the Vienna library and includes a large number of canons, both retrograde and mirror, in various complex forms containing numerous instances of false relation and dissonance. In addition to the extracts from this compilation are a number of delightful contrafactum and melancholic songs on the theme of contrariety from the Renaissance period, such as Quand contremont verra retourner Loire by Clément Janequin.
An exceptional programme for these exceptional times.
8.30 pm - Eglise Notre Dame, Plouaret
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