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Fount & Origin: Fumeux Fume

June 20, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

£5 – £15


Join us in St Mary Magdalen’s Church for a programme of dazzling French songs from the late 14th century, as well as the famous Messe de Nostre Dame by the great poet-musician, Guillaume de Machaut (c.1300 – 1377).

The songs transmitted in the Chantilly Codex are known for their infamous rhythmic challenges, the often-abstracted approach to tonality, and their stunning beauty. Be transported back to fourteenth-century courtly culture with lyrics expressing unrequited love, mythology, battle-cries, and the smokiness of Parisian society!

The Machaut Mass is the earliest surviving polyphonic mass cycle by a single known composer – its six extraordinary movements capture the height of sacred polyphonic technique in the mid-fourteenth century. The use of four-voice texture allowed for new and elaborate colours hitherto unknown to mass composition, and its sheer scale and invention is testament to the personal value this music most likely held for the composer towards the end of his life.

Tickets: £15 Standard, £5 Student


June 20, 2019
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
£5 – £15
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St Mary Magdalen Church
Magdalen Street
Oxford, OX1 3AE
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