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A peek behind the curtains of Jacobean England, through the lute songs of Alfonso Ferrabosco II, featuring Gunhild Stalsberg Alsvik (soprano), Sam Chapman (lute), and historian Kirstin Bentley.
Born into a household of musical spies, Alfonso Ferrabosco II worked as a composer and viol player at the court of James I where he was the private music tutor to young Prince Henry. Dedicated to the prince, his book of "Ayres" (1609) contains lute songs that give us a fascinating insight into all areas of Jacobean life. There are songs that deal with love, death, marriage rites and gender roles, as well as settings of poetry by Sir Walter Raleigh, Ben Jonson and John Donne. With the assistance of historian Dr Kirstin Bentley, we delve into Ferrabosco's musical world in search of clues about the wider society in which he moved. Registration required.
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