Lionheart Laude: Joy and Mystery in Medieval Italy


Following the exhortation of Saint Francis of Assisi to "praise Jesus and his holy mother," laymen in trecento Florence and other Italian cities gathered to sing laude, songs of popular devotion with poetry in the Italian vernacular and music in a flowing, folk-like style. Pages of their songbooks decorated with lavish illuminations (by some of the best manuscript painters of the period) survive in collections such as the Louvre and the Metropolitan Museum. After the release of their latest CD, Laude: Joy and Mystery (eOne Music, 2013), the six men of Lionheart will perform this program featuring songs reconstructed from musical fragments preserved in such collections as well as richly harmonized pieces composed by the mysterious monk Innocentius Dammonis, published with the new technology of printing in early sixteenth-century Venice.

Listen to a sample of Lionheart.

Image above: Lionheart courtesy of the artist

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