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Camerata Trajectina

Italian madrigals on Dutch texts
Utrecht Early Music Festival presents
Sat 3 Feb ’24 20:15 uur
Sat 3 Feb ’24
20:15 uur
  • Sat 3 Feb ’24
    20:15 uur
    Small Hall
  • A drink is included in the price

50 years of Camerata Trajectina! That means 50 years of bringing history to life. The ensemble calls itself "the musical memory of the Netherlands. With them revive music from the 16th and 17th centuries and the inherent beauty of the Dutch language. Playful and theatrical presentations mirror the culture and society of the past to our recognizable present. It gave hundreds of concerts in the Netherlands, Flanders and elsewhere in Europe, in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Indonesia and Ghana. Camerata Trajectina recorded over 30 CDs of Dutch music.

Sometimes it is events, other times persons that Camerata Trajectina presents. Today it is the turn of Johannes Stalpaert van der Wiele; there is a statue of him in the Begijnhof in Delft. A 17th-century archpriest who wrote in addition to being a priest - hymns to saints, battle poems against Reformed doctrine. And set new (Dutch) texts to existing melodies. Like on those of the 5- and 6-part madrigals by Luca Marenzio. This composer was in the service of aristocratic Italian families such as the Gonzagas, the d'Estes and the Medici. Wrote some 500 madrigals, cheerful and light, but also serious. His influence reached as far away as England, where he was included in the collection Musica Transalpina that sparked the 16th-century "madrigal craze.