January 8-10: Fauvel
The medieval tale of Fauvel is preserved in poetry and music. His name forms an acrostic, the letters standing for the vices Flattery, Avarice, Vileness, Fickleness, Envy, and Laziness (Flaterie, Avarice, Vilanie, Varieté, Envie, Lascheté
). His story tells of his rise to prominence in the French royal court, and satirizes the hedonism, hypocrisy, and the excesses of the ruling orders, both secular and ecclesiastical. It could have been written yesterday! The Consort’s singers and instrumentalists, period images, and supertitle translations bring Fauvel’s story to life.
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