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An exciting cultural season


This fall, in addition to a few concerts, Zefiro Torna is preparing a number of (inter)national productions that will premiere in spring 2020.
We are especially looking forward to work with the theater company Laika. Together we'll transform the Balsam program into a mysterious alchemical lab where the public is served elixirs, ointments, syrups, all while the music enchants.
In addition, we will bring a few noon concerts at Opera Vlaanderen with the Champions des Dames program.
We'll also celebrate Beethoven 2020 with the hybrid concert installation PASTORALE, in which the music helps shape an ecology of microscopic life forms.

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Les Champions des Dames

— Music from the time of the Flemish Primitives (2011)

Zefiro Torna

The love poem "Le champion des dames", written in 1441-42 by poet Martin le Franc for Philip the Good, depicts the composers Guillaume Dufay and Gilles Binchois together. Inspired by the innovating English style of John Dunstable, these composers break with the complex 'ars subtilior' style. Driven by their love of Florentine women, classical themes and humanism, they write diamonds of musical illumination, bridging middle ages and renaissance, that are widely praised at the Burgundy court.

The program ‘Les Champions des Dames’ is conceived as a triptique: ‘Adoring the female beauty’ which an anonymous poet describes as ‘blans, blond, tout par mesure’ (pale, blond and well proportioned). ‘The loss of a loved one’, in which verses by Christine de Pizan’s ballade ‘Deuil Angoisseus’ are beautifully set to music by Binchois. The final part brings ‘Hope for the new year’ and ‘joye sans fin’ (infinite joy)!

  • Lieselot De Wilde soprano
  • Dimos De Beun clavecymbalum, recorders
  • Jurgen De bruyn lute, voice, artistic direction