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Workshops/Festivals 2008: (BE) MAfestival 2008 (August 1-10, 2008)

Contributed by Admin on Apr 28, 2008

"About politics and power in English early music!?

To what extent did music lend its voice to political and cultural ideas of its time? How did composers react to the permanently changing relations between art, politics and society? Or, how did political and religious rulers manage to involve composers in the organised spreading of their ideals?

The 2008 edition of the Festival of Flanders - Bruges, Musica Antiqua - from now o­n MAfestival - focuses o­n some of the political aspects of early music in England. What was it that incited a prominent member of the Royal Chapel like William Byrd to compose almost 200 works in Latin, including several catholic masses, at a time when the Reformation of Queen Elisabeth did forbid it? What was the hidden agenda of Thomas Morley when he composed his Oriana madrigals? 'Long live Elisabeth'? Or indeed 'au contraire'? How did John Blow succeed, at the dawn of the English opera, to insert his Venus & Adonis into the ideas of nation building? And what did Bach and Abel have in common with freemasonry? These and other political questions are to be found within the diversified offer of concerts the 45th edition of the festival is proposing. ...
Yes, 45 years old is this festival, but still quite alive and kicking. We have chosen a new common name and a new graphic presentation as part of an evolving context. MAfestival is fi tting in with the historically informed performance practice, which acknowledges the important role of contemporary music like that of Benjamin Britten, Gavin Bryars, Dick Van der Harst, Eric Sleichim and Hans-Jürg Meier.

No fascinating performances without exciting performers. MAfestival 2008 has invited o­nce again interesting Belgian and foreign artists, including Concerto Copenhagen, Ars Nova, Compagnie Bischoff, il Gardellino, Gary Cooper, Rachel Podger, Richard Egarr, Stile Antico, Bl!ndman, Ricercar Consort, Capriccio Stravagante, Liz Kenny, B'Rock and La Risonanza. ..."

Visit MAfestival 2008 website for more information. (ed.)