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|Raffaella Alleotti||‘Exaudi Deus orationem mean’|
|Maddalena Casulana||‘O notte, o ciel, o mar’|
|Music for Margaret of Austria||‘Absalon fili mi’|
|Alexander Agricola||‘Dulces exuviae’|
|Sulpitia Cesis||‘Ascendo ad patrem’|
|Music for Queen Mary 1|
|Thomas Tallis||‘Loquebantur variis linguis’|
|John Sheppard||‘Gaude, gaude, gaude Maria’|
|Leonora d’Este||‘Veni sponsa Christi, Ego sum panis’|
|Maddalena Casulana||‘Vagh’ amorosi augelli’|
|Music for Queen Elizabeth 1|
|William Byrd||‘O Lord, make thy servant Elizabeth’|
|John Taverner||‘Christe Jesu, pastor bone’|
|John Bennet||‘All creatures now are merry minded’|
|Sulpitia Cesis||‘Cantemus Domino’|
|Raffaella Alleotti||‘Angelus ad pastores ait’|
|Joanna Marsh||New commission|
The sixteenth century saw an unprecedented number of female rulers. From the powerful Medici women in Italy to the great Tudor queens of England, women across Europe held more power than ever before. Many of these monarchs used their patronage to facilitate the production of music of exquisite beauty by the finest composers of the day, extravagant showcases of their power contrasting with intimate and personal compositions. The century also saw the first publications of music by female composers, often Italian nuns, whose convents supported musical groups of astonishing ability.
In this fascinating programme, Stile Antico shines a light on an often-neglected repertoire, focusing on the music written for three Queens, Margaret of Austria, Mary I and Elizabeth I, bringing to life women from the Renaissance through song.