The love poem "Le champion des dames", written in 1441-42 by poet Martin le Franc for Philip the Good, depicts the composers Guillaume Dufay and Gilles Binchois together. Inspired by the innovating English style of John Dunstable, these composers break with the complex 'ars subtilior' style. Driven by their love of Florentine women, classical themes and humanism, they write diamonds of musical illumination, bridging middle ages and renaissance, that are widely praised at the Burgundy court.
The program 'Les Champions des Dames' is conceived as a triptique: 'Adoring the female beauty' which an anonymous poet describes as 'blans, blond, tout par mesure' (pale, blond and well proportioned). 'The loss of a loved one', in which verses by Christine de Pizan's ballade 'Deuil Angoisseus' are beautifully set to music by Binchois. The final part brings 'Hope for the new year' and 'joye sans fin' (infinite joy)!
The ensemble Zefiro Torna brings to life ballads, motets, rondos and virelais by Dufay, Binchois and contemporaries in an exquisite setting with soprano, organetto, lute and fiddle.
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