Renaissance Music History Tour
Amsterdam,Antwerp, Cambrai, Burgundy, Mons, Rome
Our first stop will be at the beautiful capital of the Netherlands, Amsterdam. Although the famous Dutch composer Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck was born in Deventer, he spent his entire life in Amsterdam. When he was just 18, he succeeded his father as organist of the Oude Kerk (Old Church), and remained in this post until his death. This church was really important to the Sweelinck's family - they were organists there continuously for almost one hundred years. Sweelinck has never left Low Countries and during his life he traveled only to Antwerp and Rotterdam. Today we will visit places where Sweelinck lived, walked and worked. Planned is also a guided tour round the centre of Amsterdam. After a delicious dinner in the Vinkeles restaurant, which was rewarded the Certificate of Excellence in 2014, we will visit the Sweelinck Orchestra in Amsterdam, where we will listen to the most famous music by Sweelinck including Fantasia Cromatica, one of his over 70 survived keyboard works.
Life of the leading composer of his time Guillaume Dufay is closely connected with Cambrai. He was born there in 1400. He was a chorister at Cambrai Cathedral. Then he left France heading to Italy, where he was involved with a number of ruling families, but returned to Cambrai, where he retained a position as canon of the cathedral until his death in 1474.
Burgundy, France, is not only famous for it's wine, but also for the Burgundian Court, which in 15th century welcomed many musicians. In 1430 In 1430 Binchois joined the chapel of Philip III (the Good) of Burgundy and reminded there until his death. Eventually he became second chaplain and cantor. He was joined there by the leading composer of his time, Guillaume Dufay. Today we will enjoy the bus tour through Burgundy. The guide will tell you about Binchois' and Dufay's life including the main events and introduce to you the most famous pieces of music composed by them. We will mostly focus on the period of time they spent in the Burgundian court.