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'Notre Dame: chant and polyphony for Lady Mass, from Henry II to Henry III'

  • Venue: Castle Keep, Newcastle upon Tyne.
  • Start: Wed, 12 Mar 2014 18:00:00 GMT
  • End: Wed, 12 Mar 2014 21:00:00 GMT

The 1160s witnessed the rebuilding of Paris's metropolitan cathedral in gothic style, while in Newcastle the Castle Keep was built in stone at the behest of Henry II.  The musical consequences of the twelfth-century renaissance were transformational, as developments in notation enabled polyphony to be written down and circulated; new patterns of worship, such as the Mass of Our Lady, were encouraged by the cult of saints and an intensified Eucharistic piety. Tonight's performance locates these developments within the context of Lady Mass, combining chant, Latin polyphony, and some of the earliest vernacular polyphonic songs to survive in England.

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