La contenance angloise: Musical Connections Across the Channel
March 6 & 7, 2020 8 pm | Guest Artistic Director, Blue Heron’s Scott Metcalfe
The mellifluous style—the contenance angloise— pioneered by John Dunstaple and other English composers changed the musical landscape on both sides of the Channel, in the rival 15th-century courts of England, France and Burgundy. We welcome one of North America’s leading specialists in this style, Guest Artistic Director Scott Metcalfe, as he leads The Consort through a program exploring the marvellous music of Dunstaple, Du Fay, Frye and contemporaries, for voices, recorders, percussion, fiddle and harp.
Join us in Jeanne Lamon Hall one hour before the show for a pre-concert lecture with Scott Metcalfe.
Download the Concert Materials:
About our Guest Director:
Scott Metcalfe has gained wide recognition as one of North America’s leading specialists in music from the fifteenth through seventeenth centuries and beyond. Musical and artistic director of Blue Heron since its founding in 1999, from 2010 through 2019 he was also music director of New York City’s Green Mountain Project (Jolle Greenleaf, artistic director), whose performances of Claudio Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 and other Vespers programs devised by Metcalfe were hailed by The New York Times as “quite simply terrific” and by The Boston Globe as “stupendous.” He has been guest director of TENET (New York), the Handel & Haydn Society (Boston), Emmanuel Music (Boston), The Tudor Choir and Seattle Baroque, Pacific Baroque Orchestra (Vancouver, BC), Quire Cleveland, and the Dryden Ensemble (Princeton, NJ), in repertoire ranging from Machaut and Du Fay through Monteverdi, Charpentier, Purcell, and Bach, and he conducted Early Music America’s Young Performers Festival Ensemble in its inaugural performance at the 2011 Boston Early Music Festival. In the 2019-20 season he will direct The Toronto Consort in a program of 15th-century English and French repertoire, and the Dryden Ensemble in Bach’s St. John Passion. Metcalfe also enjoys a career as a baroque violinist, playing with Cleveland’s Les Délices (dir. Debra Nagy), Québec’s L’Harmonie des Saisons (dir. Eric Milnes), and other ensembles. He has taught vocal ensemble repertoire and performance practice at Boston University and Harvard University and served as director of the baroque orchestra at Oberlin Conservatory; in 2019-20 he is a visiting member of the faculty of Music History at the New England Conservatory. Metcalfe received a bachelor’s degree from Brown University (1985), where he majored in biology, and a master’s degree in historical performance practice from Harvard (2005).
Get a taste for “la contenance angloise”:
*Please note: Chant 1450 and their album linked above is not affiliated with this production. The above link is provided as an illustration of the musical style.