The first half of the the programme was dedicated to the works of the Ukrainian composer Lubomyr Melnyk, famous for his "continuous stream" technique involving extremely fast notes and continued sustain.
The theme of the latter half was "Americans in Rome" - we featured the collective Musica Elettronica Viva (MEV), founded 1966 in Rome, as well as other composers working in the American Academy in Rome.
We explore the music of the trouvères, the Northern French (Langue d'Oïl) counterpart to the Southern (Langue d'Oc) troubadours. We start with selections from the Remède de Fortune (circa 1340s), composed by the celebrated poet-composer Guillaume de Machaut (c.1300-1377), member of the Ars Nova school, around the time of the Black Death. Then we explore some pastourelles, a sub-genre of trouvère works dealing with stories of courtly love between rural women (often shepherdesses) and knights.