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Marguerite of Austria

Catherine Bott tells the unfortunate tale of Princess Marguerite of Austria, ill-fated in love and marriage but who was a pre-eminent patron of the arts.

Catherine Bott presents a programme telling the unfortunate tale of Marguerite of Austria, ill-fated in love and marriage but who was a pre-eminent patron of the arts. At the age of 2, Marguerite was betrothed to the 13-year old dauphin of France, the future Charles VIII, and she moved to France at the age of 3 in 1483. 8 years later though she returned home, humiliated that Charles had married Anne of Brittany instead. In 1497 Marguerite married Juan of Spain but he died 6 months later; after a few years she married Philibert de Savoie but this marriage too ended with his untimely death 3 years later. Soon afterwards Marguerite also lost her brother, Philippe de Beau, leaving 4 children and a mentally ill wife. Music and literature flourished at her court, as well as the visual arts, and Marguerite established a very impressive library of manuscripts and books. Poets and scholars dedicated works to her and she also wrote poetry herself, often lamenting her misfortunes, and titles such as 'regrets' or 'complaintes' dominate her collection of chansons. Several notable composers worked at her court, in particular Pierre de la Rue, and the music in the programme includes compositions that appeared in some of her manuscripts by Ockeghem, Agricola, Josquin and de la Rue.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Pierre de la Rue

    Autant en emporte le vent

    Performers: The Orlando Consort

    • HARMONIA MUNDI.
    • HMU 907328.
  • Antoine Brumel

    Tous les regretz

    Performers: La Morra, Michal Gondko & Corina Marti (directors)

    • ETCETERA.
    • KTC 4011.
  • Nicolas Gombert

    J'ay mis mon cueur

    Performers: I Fagiolini, Robert Hollingworth (director)

    • METRONOME.
    • MET CD 1004-01.
  • Pierre de la Rue

    Pour ung jamais

    Performers: La Morra, Michal Gondko & Corina Marti (directors)

    • ETCETERA.
    • KTC 4011.
  • Alexander Agricola

    Si dedero

    Performers: The Orlando Consort

    • HARMONIA MUNDI.
    • HMU 907328.
  • Josquin des Prez

    Plusieurs regretz

    Performers: Ensemble Clement Janequin & Ensemble les Elements

    • HARMONIA MUNDI.
    • HMC 901279.
  • Johannes Ockeghem

    Petite camusette

    Performer: Romanesque

    • RICERCAR.
    • 206302.
  • Marguerite d’Autriche

    Dances (from manuscript 9085 'Les Basses Danses de Marguerite d'Autriche')

    Performers: Clemencic Consort, Rene Clemencic (director)

    • HARMONIA MUNDI.
    • HMC 90610.
  • Pierre de la Rue

    Mijn hert altijt heft verlanghen

    Performers: La Morra, Michal Gondko & Corina Marti (directors)

    • ETCETERA.
    • KTC 4011.
  • Pierre de la Rue

    Secretz regretz

    Performers: The Orlando Consort

    • HARMONIA MUNDI.
    • HMU 907328.
  • Alexander Agricola

    Je n'ay deuil

    Performers: The Orlando Consort

    • HARMONIA MUNDI.
    • HMU 907328.
  • Anonymous

    Soubz ce tumbel

    Performers: La Morra, Michal Gondko & Corina Marti (directors)

    • ETCETERA.
    • KTC 4011.

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