Sequentia: Frankish Phantoms, Echoes from the Carolingian Palaces


The New York premiere of this new program, conceived by Benjamin Bagby, explores the musical world of the Carolingian court. Collaborating with musicologist Sam Barrett, Bagby has reconstructed lost melodies from this golden age of European song when scholars and poets from England, Spain, Francia, and Germanic lands flourished under the enigmatic and powerful Frankish rulers. The program includes reconstructions of La Cantilène de sainte Eulalie (the oldest surviving song text in French), Hildebrandslied (the Old High German battle-song), the Latin lament for the death of Charlemagne (d. 814), and other songs and canticles, often with instrumental accompaniment or as instrumental music.

Listen to a sample of Sequentia.

Image above: Sequentia courtesy of the artist.

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