The Italian Queen of France is a musical program inspired by Catherine de Medici – the most powerful and controversial woman in Europe during the 16th century. As a true daughter of the Italian Renaissance, Catherine believed in the power of art to glorify and decorate a powerful court. She was surrounded by the best musicians, dancers, painters, architects and poets, to bedazzle enemies and friends alike.
French music in the 16th century is an exquisite if little known repertoire. Under Catherine’s influence, dance became a central part of courtly life. The CD includes a delightful excerpt from the very first ballet de cour given under Catherine’s patronage and encouragement. Even the beautiful songs of the day were used for dancing, and the result is music, which is lively, powerful and sexy, just as dance music should always be.
Available through Marquis Music and Amazon.ca, as well as at our concerts