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The Pain and Joy of Love: A Thousand Years of Song and Dance


Ensemble Flame presents a musical journey from the earliest notated melodies of medieval troubadours and trobairitz to virtuosic instrumental music of the baroque era. The pain and joy of love is a recurring theme of poets and musicians from the past thousand years—indeed, some of the first printed books of instrumental music from the Renaissance include arrangements of vocal love songs. Extracts of philosophy and folk fiddle tunes appease the passions of the soul, aided by Ensemble Flame’s ancient instruments: the voice, lute, triple harp and viola da gamba.


Music by Comtessa de Dia, Guillaume de Machaut, Diego Ortiz, Marin Marais, and more.

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