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The Music from the Leuven Songbook

In our upcoming program, What’s Old is New: The Leuven Chansonnier, we’ll perform music from the Leuven Chansonnier, a 600-year-old book containing 49 secular love songs from Medieval France. We’ve chosen 14 of those songs to perform in our concert, six of which...

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How the Leuven Chansonnier Was Discovered

This January, we are excited to perform music that, until recently, was lost to the sands of time. Our program What’s Old is New: The Leuven Chansonnier features music from a tiny medieval songbook that was recently discovered.   The book, which is still in its...

Leuven Chansonnier
blog, Renaissance, Will Kemp

The skinny on broadside ballads

In our upcoming production, “Will Kemp Returns! A Jigs Revival,” we’ll present ballads “in the broadside tradition.” But what is the broadside tradition? In today’s lingo, a ballad is a slow, sad song, maybe with romantic undertones, like something by Whitney...

Broadside Ballads
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Who Was Will Kemp?

Our 2018-19 season opener is “Will Kemp Returns! A Jigs Revival.” But who was Will Kemp? Will Kemp was a real man — a professional clown and comedic actor in Elizabethan England. Kemp (also known as Kempe), is best-known as one of the original members of...

Will Kemp
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How Baroque Musicians Improvised With Flair

Chicago is a city known for its improvisation. It’s the mecca of improv comedy, the birthplace of Chicago-style jazz, and, thanks to the Newberry Consort, it’s also a great place for improvisational early music. David Douglass, co-artistic director of the Newberry...

Midwest sing and stomp