Ensemble Dialogos: Swithun! One Saint, Three Furies and a Thousand Miracles

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Ensemble Dialogos: Swithun! One Saint, Three Furies and a Thousand Miracles
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An exclusive performance by a virtuoso polyphonic ensemble

Swithun!
One saint, three Furies and a thousand miracles from Winchester around 1000 AD

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.

DIALOGOS
Katarina Livljanić, direction

Voices:
Christel Boiron 
Clara Coutouly
Caroline Gesret
Katarina Livljanić

Musicological consultant: Susan Rankin

Image: Dialogos by Ian Gates 


Details

Name: Ensemble Dialogos: Swithun! One Saint, Three Furies and a Thousand Miracles
Where: Knowledge Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road
London
NW1 2DB
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Price: Full Price: £18.00
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Under 18: £14.00
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