Night FYP Lecture Series

Renaissance Music: ‘Tuning’ the Soul

Dr. Estelle Joubert

The song of the human voice, cultivated for centuries in medieval Europe’s centres of sacred and secular culture, especially monasteries and courts, developed in the late middle ages and Renaissance into the complex compositional art of polyphony–many voices coordinated together by moving patterns of rhythm and tonal harmonies and dissonances. This lecture will touch on a little of what fascinated both philosophers and artists of the Renaissance period: the awesome power of music to move the soul–whether to the heights of ecstasy or the depths of despair.

And we will be moved! Vocalists from the King’s Chapel Choir will join us to perform some select pieces of Renaissance polyphony.