Early Music Vancouver: The City of Ladies – Online Event

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In this concert film, Servir Antico tell the story of Christine de Pizan (1364 – ca.1430), a revolutionary woman who questioned the treatment of women and their prescribed place and role in society in her magnum opus, The Book of the City of Ladies. Though it was heavily criticized at the time, the poet Martin Le Franc, unlike most other men, championed her cause and helped spread awareness of the importance of women as active and multifaceted citizens. The programme is in praise of womankind, with works from the Ars Subtilior, compositions by Baude Cordier and Soulage, and anonymous compositions alongside works by Binchois and Dufay. Catalina Vicens and Servir Antico present this exquisite concert, which was recorded in the medieval chapel of Notre-Dame- à-la-rose in Belgium.

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“An exquisite ode to womankind at the Bach Fest… Here’s to high praise of womankind, from a group that brilliantly bridges the distant past with the present.” – Janet Smith, Stir Magazine

This concert is generously supported by Elaine Adair


Online: Access to the online concert is free, and donations are greatly appreciated.

This concert will be available from March 9 – 15 on our YouTube channel.


Baude Cordier  (fl. early 15th c.)
Belle, bonne, sage, plaisante et gente  

Guillaume Dufay (1437-1474)
Ave regina caelorum

Solage (fl. late 14th c.)
Calextone qui fut dame terrouse

La vision de Platon
Text: Martin Le Franc (1410-1461 )
‘Le Champion des Dames’, 1441
Music: Michaël|le Grébil Liberg

Guillaume Dufay (1437-1474)
L’alta belleza tua, virtute, valore

La mode des Romains orguilleux
Text: Martin Le Franc (1410-1461 )
‘Le Champion des Dames’, 1441
Music: Michaël|le Grébil Liberg

Nicolas Grenon (ca. 1375 – 1456)
La plus belle et doulce figure

Ma mèrereine couronnée dès l’instant où elle fut née
Text: Christine de Pizan (1364-ca.1430) de ‘La Mutation de Fortune’, 1403
Musique: Michaël|le Grébil Liberg

Michaël|le Grébil Liberg (*1973)
Belle, l’an se renouvelle

Anonyme (mid 15th century)
Environ la Saint Valentin

Gilles Binchois (ca.1400-1460)
Anguished grief

Catalina Vicens (*1983)
Christine’s Lament
Text: Christine de Pizan, ‘Deuil angoisseux’ from ‘Hundred Ballads’

Mutation: Becoming a man
Text: Christine de Pizan, from ‘La Mutation de Fortune’, 1403
Music: Nolwenn Le Guern et Michaël|le Grébil Liberg

Anonymous (late 14th c.)
Lunne Plaine

Man and Woman: Joined in their diversity

Text: Martin Le Franc, de ‘Le Champion des Dames’, 1441
Music: Michaël|le Grébil Liberg

Johannes Ghiselin (fl. 1497-1507)
O florens rosa 

Hayne van Ghizeghem (ca.1445 – 1476/97) / Bartolomo degli Organi (1474-1539)
De tous biens plaine


Date(s) - 09/03/2022 - 15/03/2022
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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Free (accepts donations)

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Cataline Vicens, Medieval Portative Organ & Artistic Direction

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