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Name: Magnificat Baroque Ensemble

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Generally regarded as the most important German composer before Johann Sebastian Bach and often considered to be one of the most important composers of the 17th century along with Claudio Monteverdi, Schütz wrote what is thought to be the first German opera, Dafne, performed at Torgau in 1627, of which the music has since been lost. He is commemorated as a musician in the Calendar of Saints of the Lutheran Church on July 28 with Johann Sebastian Bach and George Frideric Handel.

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Come with me on a trip to London, 1660. With the return of Charles II to the throne, England has undergone amazing changes, and one of the most notable is the reopening of theaters per the king’s edict in August of this year. The late Lord Protector, Oliver Cromwell, clamped down on frivolous forms of entertainment, so it’s been a while since actors could perform in the open. Certainly, some small companies of traveling entertainers risked the stiff penalties to perform secretly in private homes before small audiences, but a real stage with professional actors?

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It seems to almost state the obvious that William Byrd would disregard the ‘new’ Anglican Bible of 1611. Byrd was an ardent recusant Catholic living in semi-retirement at Stondon Place in the quiet village of Stondon Massey in Essex. Four hundred years ago he had just published an entire edition of two cycles of Gradualia: illegal settings of Masses for the complete liturgical year to be sung in secret by ‘papist sympathisers’ at such places as Ingatestone Hall, the home of the Petre family, Byrd’s patrons. The year 1611 also marked the final publication of the composer’s work. Here was a man of at least three score and ten years who probably could not be bothered with the new-fangled version of the Bible.

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Over the last 20 years Craig Monson has uncovered a rich and complex musical subculture inside Italian Renaissance convents, giving voice to the creativity – and frustrations – of generations of nuns who sang, arranged and even composed music, often bringing them into conflict with Counter- Reformation Church hierarchy. With Nuns Behaving Badly it would seem that Monson himself has got the itch to reach a wider audience. Certainly the cover is as cheeky as the title: comic-strip graphics over a woodcut of a nun distracted from prayer by a handsome visitor. Inside, the book delivers largely what it promises: tales of scandal and mayhem, edited and occasionally dramatised from long-winded records of Church investigations unearthed in the Vatican archives.

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Now an abundant everyday item, cut flowers were prized luxuries in 17th-century Europe, England, and her colonies. Only the most affluent could afford to have them in their homes and gardens. That is why early explorers of Atlantic America described the flowers growing wild in the new colonies so carefully. A general growing prosperity in Europe during the course of the 17th century, however, eventually caused flower gardens to become more popular. The garden was considered an extension of the home and vice versa, with garden bouquets often decorating the home.

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The Polish port city, for centuries known as Danzig, was "the site of the only Shakespearian playhouse to have been constructed outside England during the Bard's lifetime." In 2013, a rebuilt version of that theatre will open as the Teatr Szekspirowski, home of Gdansk's Shakespeare Festival.

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Aelianus (Tacitus) The Tactiks of Aelian Or the art of embattailing an army after ye Grecian manner. Englished & illustrated with figures throughout & notes upon ye chapters of ye ordinary motions of ye Plalange by J.B... The “J.B.” here is the author John Bingham, whose book was published in 1616. The "Square of Horses” seems to me to be a fine addition to a named bestiary, in addition to a "murder" of crows and an "unkindness" of ravens (and a "crush" of rhinos, and on and on, as we can see below).

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Robert Fludd’s (1574-1637), title page for his Utriusque Cosmi . . . Historia (1617) features this complicated astrological wheel with a Vitruvian-man-like image at the vortex of the imaged pulls and pushes of the cosmos. In addition to everything else, real and imagined, Rosicrucianism and astrology and puffy-birds, Fludd, who was an English physician, delved deeply into the real stuff of the world in this book in addition to all of the other make-believe--optics, the musical intervals, perspective drawing, hydraulic engineering, construction of lifting machines, military engineering and many other interesting, physical science topics.

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These most fabulous grotesque masks come from a suite of about twenty two prints designed by Cornelis Floris, engraved by Frans Huys and published in Antwerp in 1555 by Hans Liefrinck. The late Baroque / early Mannerist designs incorporate an abstracted zoological motif, in most cases relating to the ocean, within an auricular ('ear-like') ornamental style.

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Agnesi was known in her family as “the Walking Polyglot” because she could speak French, Italian, Greek, Hebrew, Spanish, German and Latin by the time she was 13. Her father hired the very best tutors for his talented elder daughter. Unfortunately for the shy, retiring Agnesi, he also insisted she participate in the intellectual “salons” he hosted for great thinkers hailing from all over Europe. The young Maria delivered an oration in defense of higher education for women in Latin at the age of 9 (she had translated it from the Italian herself and memorized the text).

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