Gesualdo 400th Anniversary Conference

Saturday 23 – Sunday 24 November 2013
University of York

Celebrating the music of Gesualdo, the 400th Anniversary Conference will combine academic paper sessions with a series of singing workshops and performances throughout the weekend. James Wood will give a keynote speech on his reconstructions of Gesualdo’s second book of Sacrae Cantiones and forensic psychiatrist Dr Ruth McAllister will present an analysis of the murder of Gesualdo’s first wife based on contemporaneous accounts. On the Saturday, I Fagiolini will give a concert of secular music by Gesualdo and his contemporaries.  On the Sunday, The 24 (a university of York Chamber Choir directed by Robert Hollingworth) will give a concert of sacred music, including some of James Wood's reconstructions and a set from the Tenebrae Responsories. The academic conference will focus on the music of Gesualdo, his peers and their times.

More Information and Call for Papers:

Accompanying the Call for Papers is the world premiere recording (we believe) of Gesualdo’s neglected 1585 motet ‘Ne reminiscaris Domine delicta nostra’. Performed by The 24 and recorded in January at the National Centre for Early Music in York.

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