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12. Coffee Concert

Behind Closed Doors

Sunday 28 June 2020

11:00 am

12:00 pm

St. Brendan’s Church


Behind Closed Doors is a programme devised by Ensemble Dagda telling one story of the women composers, who led flourishing careers in seventeenth century Italy and France. Beginning with the musica secreta of the Ferrarese court, women’s compositions were often heard behind closed doors, whether in courts, homes or cloisters and their composers excelled at creating dramatic scenes for chamber music combinations of voice, violins and continuo. Gradually the names of Barbara Strozzi, Francesca Caccini, Claudia Sessa, Elizabeth Jacquet de la Guerre and Isabella Leonarda, unknown to many of us until recently, are becoming more familiar as adventurous ensembles unfurl their music for us.

All works performed by Ensemble Dagda

Composer Work
Luzzaschi Madrigal ‘O dolcezz’ amarissime d’amore
Francesca Caccini Songs of the Damigelle, Siren’s Song
Claudia Sessa Canoro pianto di Maria Vergine
Barbara Strozzi L’astratto, Op.8
Élisabeth-Claude Jacquet de le Guarre Semelé
Isabella Leonarda Trio Sonata No.10, Op.16
Caterina Assandra Duo seraphim

St. Brendan’s Church

This beautiful old church was built in 1818, and is Church of Ireland. It was designed by Henry Edward Kendall, and is in the gothic style. It's situated in the...

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