The Wedding of Margarita & Leopold

The Wedding of Margarita & Leopold

The Wedding of Margarita & Leopold The marriage of the teenaged princess Margarita Teresa of Spain to her uncle, Emperor Leopold I, entailed a long-awaited, well-planned series of festivities. Like the union itself, the celebration of their wedding was designed to...
Who was Margarita Teresa?

Who was Margarita Teresa?

Born into the Spanish line of the Habsburgs, Margarita Teresa’s (1651-1673) birth was the product of one in a long line of avunculate—that is, interfamilial—marriages within the distinguished royal family. Her father, King Philip IV of Spain, married her mother,...
Who wrote the hits? Popular composers in Renaissance France

Who wrote the hits? Popular composers in Renaissance France

In today’s music business, it’s often said that it’s all in who you know. Well, things weren’t much different in 16th-century France! Back then, the ruling monarch granted royal privileges, (an old-fashioned kind of copyright), to select music publishers. In turn,...
Background on the Le Jardin de Mélodies Program

Background on the Le Jardin de Mélodies Program

Our April program, Le Jardin de Mélodies, is less than two weeks away! In advance of our upcoming performances, we asked Kate van Orden, the Dwight D. Robinson Dr. Professor of Music at Harvard University, to put together some more detailed information about the types...
Interview with legendary lutenist Paul O’Dette

Interview with legendary lutenist Paul O’Dette

We are thrilled to have legendary lutenist Paul O’Dette joining us for our April performances of Le Jardin de Mélodies. One of the most influential figures in early music, O’Dette has made more than 150 recordings and has won two Grammy awards and received seven...
6 Types of Dances That Were Popular in Renaissance France

6 Types of Dances That Were Popular in Renaissance France

Our April program Le Jardin de Mélodies highlights the music enjoyed by French monarchs through the second half of the 16th-century. These royals had a special penchant for a wide range of dance music. Often, this music was played as members of the royal court watched...

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