Night FYP Lecture Series

Renaissance Music: ‘Tuning’ the Soul

Dr. Estelle Joubert, with the King’s Chapel Choir

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. Explore Renaissance Music as explicated by Estelle Joubert of the Fountain School of Performing Arts and experienced through the wonderful music making of the King’s Chapel Choir under the direction of Paul Halley.