Welcome to the Inspiration Series, one of the many new series on The Toronto Consort’s all-new blog, Explorer.
Over the forty-five-plus years we have been presenting our hometown concert series, we have been asked many times by patrons: “Where do we find inspiration for our work?” This all-new series will explore just that!
To kick things off, we thought we’d dive a little deeper into our recorded albums. We asked David Fallis, an Artistic Associate who served as Artistic Director for 27 years, where he drew inspiration for our recordings, starting with The Italian Queen of France.
Released in November 2017 on Marquis Classics, this album presents the musical legacy of Catherine de’ Medici (1519-1589), who served as queen consort or regent of France from 1547 to 1574. Arguably one of the most powerful monarchs in Europe of the time, she viewed the arts as tool for political gain, launching a program of artistic patronage that lasted for three decades. Home-grown talent and new artists – trained by foreign Italian masters brought to France by King Francis I (1515-1547) – defined French Renaissance culture, leading to newly emerging artistic forms, like literature, architecture and the performing arts.
When asked where David drew inspiration from, beyond the history of this incredible public figure, he said:
“We had the pleasure of working with The Kings Noyse, including Scott Metcalfe who recently directed our Crossing the Channel (March 2020) program, and we fell in love with this lesser-known repertoire. We realized how many Italian innovations came to France during the life of Catherine de Medici, and how important this controversial figure was!”
Et voila, The Italian Queen of France!
If you haven’t already explored The Italian Queen of France, be sure to click here to stream it on Spotify.
Interested in diving even deeper? Check out The Kings Noyse’s album Le Jardin de Mélodies and see if you can spot the influences!