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Composer: Dufay, Guillaume (1397-1474)

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Year of birth1397
Year of death1474
NationalityUnknown
PeriodEarly
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A dazzling conclusion

David James, Gordon Jones, Jan Garbarek, Steven Harrold, Rogers Covey-Crump © Paolo Soriani / ECM Records
After twenty years of international success, an emotional close to the Officium tour by the Hilliard Ensemble and Norwegian saxophonist Jan Garbarek.
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Medieval greats - Guillaume du Machaut and Guillaume Dufay

Orlando Consort © Eric Richmond
The Orlando Consort demonstrate with intelligence, wit and style, why they think Guillaume du Machaut and Guillaume Dufay rank among the greatest composers in western music.
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Il Racconto di Mezzanotte: a bewitching evening with Marco Beasley

Marco Beasley  ©  Marco Borggreve
The stage in the versatile Muziekgebouw aan’t IJ was configured as an open stage, audience on three sides, and was minimally set with a small platform and a table with a red cloth and a candlestick. Myriad small electric candles were scattered about the floor, glowing a warm, flickering gold.
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Feasting on medieval music with the Orlando Consort at Spitalfields Music Summer Festival 2013

Amidst all the hustle and bustle, the humming and buzzing of post-work Friday-night drinkers lining the sun-kissed streets of Spitalfields, who’d have thought that in the church at the very heart of that lively London area would be a man, standing alone, singing music written 800 years ago? Music from another human-inhabited world, so alien to our modern-day, Commercial Street lives, and yet sti
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The Orlando Consort bring the early Renaissance to life

Members of the Orlando Consort
The fifteenth-century French composer Guillaume Dufay straddles the musical boundary between the Medieval and the Renaissance. Working in France and Italy, writing secular and sacred music, sometimes to his own verses, he seems to have had a finger in every musical pie, and this evening’s concert by the Orlando Consort illustrated his pivotal role in the evolution of later Renaissance styles.
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