Flos florum

Concert - Event posted by elena

Address: via della Chiesa 123, Bivigliano , Vaglia

Date: Sunday 08 July 2018


L'Homme Armé presents

Church of San Romolo in Bivigliano

via della Chiesa 123, Bivigliano - Vaglia (FI) (admission free)


Church of San Romolo in Bivigliano

Flos florum

Sacred and spiritual music at the dawn of the Florentine Renaissance

L'Homme Armé

Giulia Peri , soprano

Mya Fracassini , mezzosoprano

Giovanni Biswas , tenor

Paolo Fanciullacci , tenor

Fabio Lombardo , management

Music by G. Dufay, F. Landini, Gratiosus de Padua, Gherardello from Florence, Anonymous

Sunday 8 July at 6 pm in the Church of San Romolo in Bivigliano (via della Chiesa 123, Bivigliano - Vaglia - FI, free admission ) L'Homme Armé presents the concert « Flos florum. Sacred and spiritual music at the dawn of the Florentine Renaissance ».


Anonymous ve verum

Francesco Landini (ca 1325-1397) Kyrie (This fanciull'amor)

Guillaume Dufay (1397? -1474) Alma redemptoris mater

Mirandas parit haec urbs

Ave maris stella

Vergene beautiful

Flos florum

Gratiosus de Padua (active 1391-1407) Glory

Guillaume Dufay Balsamus et munda wax

Gherardello from Florence (ca 1320-ca 1365) Agnus Dei

Guillaume Dufay Supremum est mortalibus

Guillaume Dufay was the most influential Burgundian composer in Europe in the mid-fifteenth century. Like many other musicians of the time, he used to travel to the continent following princes and popes. In his wanderings he worked for the most important Italian musical courts and chapels, including the court of the Malatesta in Rimini and the papal chapel in Rome. His music had a great diffusion and was transcribed, distributed and played wherever the polyphony had taken root. Among the successive generations, few composers have not absorbed elements of his style. The wide degree of distribution and knowledge of his music is even more impressive when one considers that he died a few decades before it was possible to print music.

When Dufay arrived in Italy in the twenties of the fifteenth century the music scene of the Peninsula was very varied, with different styles and genres, with French influences that were beginning to be heard in a pronounced way.

Among the various famous composers, Gherardello da Firenze, Zachara da Teramo, Bartolo and Paolo da Firenze. And in this city was still the echo of Francesco Landini, the music, poet and philosopher celebrated in the chronicles at the turn of the three and fifteenth century. Even today it is not clear to draw a picture of Italian music of those years, but it seems certain that the arrival of Dufay influenced notably the development of Italian music, even for the subsequent descent of many other Franco-Flemish musicians.

HOMME ARMÉ, founded in 1982, carries out an intense activity of research and concert performance and recording of the repertoire, mainly vocal, from the fourteenth to the seventeenth century, paying particular attention to the Florentine repertoire, In this field has made recordings as Florence at the time of Lorenzo the Magnificent, Regina Pretiosa: a Marian celebration of the fourteenth century Fiorentino, Missa in Assumptione Beatae Mariae Virginis by Marco da Gagliano. In the course of his concert activity he has repeatedly and successfully performed great works of ancient literature such as Vespers of the Blessed Virgin, Intermedi della Pellegrina, Representation of Soul and Body). Over the years he has collaborated with various musicians and conductors such as Frans Bruggen, Andrew Lawrence-King, Christophe Coin, Andrew Parrott, Kees Boeke, Alan Curtis. The artistic direction of the group has been entrusted to Fabio Lombardo for many years.

The Homme Armé has been repeatedly present in the concert seasons of important institutions and festivals, such as Ravenna Festival, Teatro Valli of Reggio Emilia, Mart di Rovereto, Teatro Regio di Parma, Unione Musicale di Torino, Amici della Musica (Verona, Mestre) , Florence), the Orchestra della Toscana, the Società del Quartetto of Milan, the Baroque Festival of Viterbo, the Cusiano Festival of Lake Orta, the concerts of the Gonfalone in Rome; also Canto delle Pietre, Segni Barocchi of Foligno, Taormina Festival, Festival Monteverdi of Cremona, Anima Mundi of Pisa, Concerts at the Quirinale (RAI), Teatro Grande of Brescia and several others.

In recent years, the group has developed a reflection on the affinities between some of the issues raised by "ancient music" and some forms of current musical thought, looking for similarities between the research of the executive practice of the ancient and contemporary repertoire. This reflection has stimulated L'Homme Armé to extend its field of research and execution also to contemporary music. He has successfully presented very particular programs that accompany ancient and contemporary music from Dufay, Josquin, Palestrina, Janequin, Vecchi to Messiaen, Kurtag, Hersant, Lang, Sciarrino, Pezzati, Pärt, Nono, Cage, Berio; of the latter, notable compositions such as Laborintus II, Cries of London and A-Ronne have been performed. With this repertoire he took part, among others, at Fabbrica Europa, Architecture of Voices (Kiev), Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Tempo Reale Festival.

By virtue of the professional competence and the artistic level of its performances, the ensemble has received prestigious awards and commissions from national institutions and committees.


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