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Prisma: Il Transilvano
Prisma: Il Transilvano
  • Music for the 16th-century Hungarian court
  • NCEM Platform Artists
  • EVENT 20

    1.00pm – c.2.00pm
    Venue Unitarian Chapel, St Saviourgate
    Tickets Unreserved seating: £14.00 (concessions £12.00 | under 35s £5.00)


    Franciska Anna Hajdu violin, voice
    Elisabeth Champollion recorder
    Alon Sariel lute, mandolin
    David Budai viola da gamba, folk viola


    Music for a 16th-century Hungarian court

    In 1541 the Ottoman army besieged and conquered the city of Buda. The Hungarian royal family fled to Transylvania, where the court was safe from attack but cut off from other European cultural centres. Music formed an important bridge to the outside world: while the Italian organist Girolamo Diruta dedicated his 1593 collection Il Transilvano to the Prince of Transylvania, the rustic sounds of Hungarian and Romanian music made a strong impression on Italian composers. Here Prisma presents such pieces in the context of the styles they have learned from local traditional musicians still active in Hungary, Transylvania and Romania.

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