Vocal Works by Gesualdo, Monteverdi, Wert and Marenzio
Alexander Blachly, Director
Pomerium Musices ("A Garden of Music") was formed in New York in 1972 to present the music composed for vocal ensembles and virtuoso chapel choirs in the Renaissance.
The Mannerist Revolution
The "mannerist" art of the late Renaissance stands worlds apart from the "Apollonian" art of the early Renaissance. Whereas the 15th century had sought power and beauty through integration, elegance and naturalism, the "avant-garde" in the late 16th century startled and provoked through the dynamic interaction of opposites. First in Italy, then elsewhere, the impulse we know as mannerism fueled a profound change in notions of what high art could and should strive to express. Maniera (literally, "style") was a term used in the 15th century in reference to "(good) manners"; but a century later, having evolved nearly diametrically, it was "mannered." The hallmarks of the mannerist art are disproportion, discontinuity, surprise, and, especially, novelty.
- Alexander Blachly ©1991
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