A Tetbury Music Festival event
To enrich your enjoyment of this evening’s concert by the English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble at St Mary’s Church, Professor Iain Fenlon comes to the Shed to bring to life the extravagant city that was Venice in the Renaissance.
Venice at that time was probably the most artistically brilliant city in Europe. After the territorial ambitions of earlier years, the merchants, princes and aristocrats settled down to show off their wealth: palaces gleamed, artists flourished, music was commissioned.
The first opera house in the world opened in Venice in 1637, and at one point there were seven. Venice was also a potpourri of nations: Turks, Spaniards and Moors all influenced musical and artistic expression.
The lecture examines this heady mix and and in particular the way in which new forms of music expressed the mood of the time.
Iain Fenlon is Professor of Historical Musicology in the Faculty of Music, and a Fellow of King’s College. It would be hard to find a greater expert to introduce us to the evening’s concert.