An exclusive performance by a virtuoso polyphonic ensemble
The cult of Saint Swithun developed when the bishop of Winchester, Aethelwold, transfered the relics of the saint to the Old Minster and celebrated a sumptuous ceremony on 15 July 971, described in the Narratio metrica de S Swithuno by Wulfstan.
The Winchester Troper (early 11th century) conserves a number of early polyphonic pieces, including a series of virtuosic melodies in honour of Saint Swithun.
The Miracle of three Furies from this marvellous poem is in the centre of this programme, conceived as a narrative musical theatre project. Three Furies present themselves as three terrifying, naked and vulgar women. They attack a poor man who loses the use of his legs and arrives at the gate of Winchester, where he meets a man dressed in white. After a series of visions over three nights, the man in white takes the poor man in his hands and steals a shoe from him, which nobody is able to find. The man remains there as a poor Cinderella, with no shoe, but healed.
Through this initiatory and tender story, where dreams and fantasies build a liberating and exhilarating musical path, Dialogos offers a creation in which the rich polyphonic tradition from the Winchester Troper meets with virtuosic improvisations in a style that Winchester cantors could have heard in their abbey around 1000.
Katarina Livljanić, direction
Musicological consultant: Susan Rankin
Image: Dialogos by Ian Gates
|Name:||Ensemble Dialogos: Swithun! One Saint, Three Furies and a Thousand Miracles|
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