The Virtual Studiolo, Phase 1 Demo

AVirtual Studiolo demonne MacNeil will be presenting The Virtual Studiolo, phase 1 demo at the annual meeting of the American Musicological Society on 7 November, 5:00-6:00pm CDT (Central Daylight Time). The Virtual Studiolo presentation is part of a digital showcase sponsored by the AMS Committee on Technology and is one of four projects on exhibit. AMS members will be able to talk with Prof. MacNeil about The Virtual Studiolo and the Isabella d’Este Archive in general, but the demo is available for all to see!

Explore The Virtual Studiolo, phase 1 demo here

Great Performances from the Newberry Consort

Relax and enjoy excerpts from the Newberry Consort’s February 2020 program The Marchesa: Isabella d’Este, a co-production with Philadelphia’s Piffaro: Renaissance Band, with pre-concert talks by IDEA co-director Anne MacNeil.

“Lirum bililirum” by Rossino Mantovano
“Alla guerra” by Bartolomeo Tromboncino

Discover more about the Newberry Consort’s musicians, performances, and recordings – including links to the complete list of Great Performances from the Newberry Consort – here

Reflections on music, art, & letters from Isabella d’Este’s court – let us hear from you!

Something that really struck me about Ad tempo taci was when Marco Beasley started singing Bartolomeo Tromboncino’s “Tu dormi io veglio ala tempesta e vento.” The first lines went as follows: “You sleep, I stand watch in the wind and rain on the marble stone of your doorstep. You sleep, I stand watch, and with bitter accent I endlessly cry for pity that is dead to me. You sleep, I stand watch in grave torment, finding no one to comfort my pain. You sleep peacefully without worry and my eyes never close.”

Instantly, all I could think about was the state of the world we are currently in. With all of the chaos going on, these words spoke to me. I couldn’t help but translate this into thinking about patients in hospitals who can’t have visitors. Mothers are giving birth without their partners in the room with them. Grandparents are isolated – lonely and afraid. Newborns can’t meet their families. Emergency rooms are over crowed. Families have to resort to using technology to speak to one another.

These words both haunt me and bring me peace. Although many people are torn apart right now, they are still keeping watch for one another. They cry for one another. They will never stop caring for one another. And once this is all over, they can be with one another. Families will reunite. Grandparents will meet their grandchildren. There will be hugs all around. Healthcare workers will catch a break. Everything will fall back into its place eventually. But right now, all we can do is wait on the marble stone of the doorstep.

– Savannah Meier
Indian Trail, North Carolina

Link to the Ad tempo taci: Songs for Isabella d’Este here

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Celebrate International Early Music Day (March 21) with a new film from IDEA!

Anne MacNeil’s latest film, Sovra i verdi rami cantando: Echoes of Serafino Aquilano, features music scholar Elizabeth Elmi, luthier & lutenist Luca Piccioni, singer Miriam Trevisan, and the cinematographic genius of Mario Piavoli (ZefiroFilm).

In this time of world-wide contagion, transport yourself to the beautiful Italian countryside and join us in re-imagining the soundscapes of the early sixteenth century through the aesthetic imagery of Sannazaro’s Arcadia, the lyric style of Serafino Aquilano, and their manifestation in the musical culture of Isabella d’Este’s court.

Link to the IDEA Video Archive here