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Music from the Time of Leonardo
Saturday 16 March 2019, 8:00 pm
Southampton City Art Gallery


Mass L’homme armé by Josquin des Prez (c.1450-1521)
& Josquin’s motet Absalon, fili mi

Angeli, archangeli by Heinrich Isaac (c.1450-1517)

Leonardo dreams of his flying machine by Eric Whitacre (b. 1970)


Musical director - Katherine Dienes-Williams


with instrumental works performed by Toby Carr (lute)

A concert to accompany the display of Leonardo
drawings from the Royal Collection
In association with the Leonardo Art Exhibition

Tickets £16
Available to personal callers at the Southampton City Art Gallery and online via www.ticketsource.co.uk/southern-voices



This concert comprised music related to Leonardo, which we were delighted to be able to perform amid a display of twelve of his original drawings. Southampton’s City Art Gallery was chosen as one of only 12 venues across the country to display items from the Royal Collection, marking the 500th anniversary of Leonardo’s death.

Leonardo was a master in many areas and, while he is not known to have composed music himself, he was undoubtedly interested in music and it is believed that he played the lute. The works we performed were mostly contemporary with Leonardo’s life in Italy, with the exception of one item that was written by the American composer Eric Whitacre in 2001. Whitacre collaborated with the poet Charles Anthony Silvestri to produce a fascinating work that imagines Leonardo dreaming about designing a machine that would allow a man to fly.