« Nexus Winchester, a putsch in the cathedral around 1000 »
Premiere 23rd August 2018 / Festival Laus Polyphoniae (Antwerp)
2 singers, 2 instrumentalists
Semi-staged and subtitled programme
The 19th of February 964, canons of the Winchester cathedral, "given to gourmandizing and drunkenness", are expelled by the bishop Aethelwold, and replaced by monks from Abbingdon. These violent events are told in Aethewold's biography written by our old friend Wulfstan, who even mentions the songs performed during that day. Between the polyphonic pieces performed by Katarina Livljanić and Clara Coutouly, the instruments explore the surprising world of sequelae, virtuosic melodies, noted without text, with curious names such as Berta vetula, Bucca extensa, Tuba, Cythara... Our program is inspired by the incredible encounter between canons and monks, between insiders and outsiders, and finally between Us today and the Others who lived a thousand years ago.