Monday 28 June 2010

Confessio Goliae, Modo Antiquo

Independent minds always find a way to express themselves. In twelfth and thirteenth century western Europe, there were the Goliards.

The "Confessio Goliae" is a famous secular poem from this age, by an anonymous Goliard, the Archipoeta. Cleverly shaped as a fake confession, it's a playful and sharp-tongued masterpiece. Only recently have musicologists succeeded at reconstructing the melody it was sung to.

I was impressed today by the Italian ensemble Modo Antiquo performing the Confessio Goliae at the Alden Biesen ancient music festival.

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