September 9, Wednesday, 7 pm
Palace of the Grand Dukes, Katedros a. 4, Vilnius
Epic and Mythological Chant from the times of Charlemagne
Stefano Albarello – chant, lyre, cithara (Italy)
The Carolingian epoch (9th–10th century) marks an important moment regarding the history of early medieval Latin lyrical poetry and medieval music. The Carolingian renaissance was very fundamental for the revival of a classical tradition, which a barbarous period had interrupted; therefore among the greatest discoveries in this context were fragments of Virgil’s epic poem Aeneid correlated to musical notation, found in Florence, which testifies to the fact that it was common practice to sing the verses of this monumental work. Early music expert, performer, singer, pedagogue, musicologist and sound engineer Stefano Albarello invites audiences to dive into those times when nations and cultures had intermingled, when one of the most famous rulers of the Holy Roman Empire, Charlemagne, was in power, when musical script came close to today’s linear notation, when cities became mightier, and when unknown composers created using the most beautiful verses of Horace, Virgil, Boethius and other geniuses.