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LINAROL CONSORT OF VIOLS

Epitaph for a Green Lover

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In 'Epitaph for a Green Lover: Music from the Songbooks of Marguerite of Austria' Soprano Héloïse Bernard joins the Linarol Consort in a programme of sublime music from the manuscripts of one of the greatest female patrons of the arts: Marguerite of Austria.

The title comes from the remarkable chanson Soubz ce tumbel, with its tragic text by Marguerite’s court poet, Jean Lemaire, taken from his Epitaphe de l’Amant Vert, in which the Green Lover refers to Marguerite’s beloved green parrot. The programme comprises songs and instrumental music from Marguerite’s own collection, played on copies of viols of the time, which included three books of chansons and an exquisitely decorated book of basse dances.