From Venice with Love
Musical migration between Italy and England
Italian music, art and lifestyle charmed and captivated English society during the 16th century. Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet were not the only lovers whose paths crossed under the sunny southern skies. Passionate English musicians travelled to Rome, Florence and Mantua to study the art of Italian musicianship. Henry VIII entertained his court with virtuoso performances by the Bassano family recorder ensemble from Venice. B-Five traces the path of this artistic migration over the course of the Renaissance. Polyphonic sound structures and dynamic folk dance melodies are a testament to the beauty that blossomed when these different musical traditions came together.
Canaletto - The Grand Canal near the Rialto Bridge, Venice - Google Art Project. Gemeinfrei