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War and Peace - Sunday 6 December 2015

Sunday 6 December 2015
10.00am - 3.00pm
Tickets £15.00

As part of the York Early Music Christmas Festival, 26 singers and players came together for an "entertaining and techically challenging" workshop, marking the 500th anniversary of the Battle of Marignano, when the forces of Fran├žois I of France defeated Italian and Swiss opponents.

A dozen singers and a mixed ensemble of renaissance instruments (viols, recorders, cornetts, sackbuts and curtals)  tackled a lively programme under the expert tutelage of Professor John Bryan. The newly formed ensemble started with Janequin's chanson celebrating the victory, alongside which they delved into masses by Victoria and Guerrero based on Janequin's music. They also tackled Susato's Battle pavan, and interspersed this war-like music with a variety of settings of the prayer for peace Da pacem, Domine, including those by Lassus, Ferrabosco and Franck. The day concluded with an informal performance of some of the music explored during the day.

Participants described the event as "an informative exploration of little known music" and "a wonderful opportunity to come together and learn with others".

John Bryan, Professor of Music at the University of Huddersfield, is well-known as a viol player, choral director and workshop leader, and was the founder of the North East Early Music Forum.
Online editions of music for the workshop (choral and instrumental parts) can be viewed here:
Clement Janequin: La Guerre (La Battaile de Marignan)
Tomas Luis de Victoria: Missa pro victoria
Orlande de Lassus: Da pacem a5 (1588)
Orlande de Lassus: Da pacem a6 (1556)
Ascanio Trombetti: Da pacem a6 (1589)
Melchior Franck: Da pacem a8 (1613)