Dawn of the Renaissance
Dawn of the Renaissance

Dante Across the Centuries: A Musical Journey

Performance Date: 09/24/2015, 6:00 pm

Dante Across the Centuries: A Musical Journey. FeaturingKayleen Asbo (piano), Bonnie Brooks (voice), and Julija Zibrat(violin). Dante Alighieri stands as a bridge between the music of the Medieval and the Modern worlds. The poet (1265-1321) considered himself to be upholding the legacy of the troubadours. Music forms an integral part of the structure of the Divine Comedy – Dante assigned a specific hymn or chant for every circle of Purgatory and Paradise. Commemorating the 750th anniversary of his birth, we explore the role of music in Dante’s magnum opus as well as ways his work has inspired musical responses across the ages. Join us in our journey from the Medieval Plainchant Salve Regina to Loreena McKennitt’s 1997 Celtic-infused Dante’s Prayer.


Salve Regina (12th century plainchant, Anonymous)
Selections from the Laudario di Cortona (13th century, Anonymous)
Selections Johannes Ciconia (1370-1412)
Dante’s Prayer Loreena McKennitt (1997)
Vide cor Meum Patrick Cassidy (2001)

Also: brief audio excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s Francesca da Rimini(1876) and Franz Liszt’s Dante Sonata – Après Une Lecture de Dante: Fantasia quasi Sonata (1849)