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Semper Dowland, semper dolens

Music of England, 1500-1700

Ensemble Sprezzatura

Sprezzatura  looks at life, love, and loss in England from the late Medieval to the 17th century. Ginna Watson, violin, vielle, and harp; Thomas Walker, Jr., lutes; Paul Berget, lute; Mary Burke, viols; Cella Westray, viols; and Donald Livingston, harps and organetto lead this tour of the jewels of England.

Saturday, August 3 | 3:30 pm
The St. Paul Conservatory

Sprezzatura is an Italian term originating from Baldassare Castiglione's The Book of the Courtier, where it is defined by the author as "a certain nonchalance, so as to conceal all art and make whatever one does or says appear to be without effort and almost without any thought about it". It is the ability of the courtier to display "an easy facility in accomplishing difficult actions which hides the conscious effort that went into them."

Ensemble Sprezzatura is a tongue-in-cheek name for three friends who acquired somewhat quirky, difficult instruments who decided to show them off.

Ginna Watson, violin & vielle

Tom Walker, Jr., lute

Paul Berget, lute

Mary Burke & Cella Westray, gambas

Donald Livingston, harps