Mediaeval music at Royaumont Festival

As part of the Fondation Etrillard’s support for mediaeval music, the young quartet Apotropaïk and the ensemble Organum will be performing at Royaumont Festival.

The Fondation Etrillard has been supporting the Fondation Royaumont, which is committed to promoting mediaeval music more widely, for a few years now. Dedicated to music and dance, Royaumont Festival is a unique opportunity to (re)acquaint the public with historical and contemporary works. The programme features two ensembles in the context of this support: Apotropaïk, a young quartet which will be setting an inspiring mediaeval scene with “Bella Donna”, and Marcel Pérès’ Organum, which will perform Guillaume de Machault’s Mass.

Apotropaïk gives fresh interpretation to mediaeval music by subtly blending the tones of old-fashioned instruments. Their work pays tribute to the “Bella Donna”: the idealised woman, of whom courtly lovers dream. The ambiguity of the female figure is the central theme running through the programme, which weaves together troubadour songs, passionate odes to the Virgin and reminiscences of tales from long ago. The juxtaposition of these fifteen or so pieces reveals how intricately linked the ancient and contemporary myths were that circulated in Europe from the 12th to the early 15th centuries.

In celebration of its 40th anniversary, Marcel Pérès’ ensemble Organum returns to what was at the heart of its 16 years at Royaumont Festival: Guillaume de Machault’s Mass, a masterpiece which has been completely revisited in a new style.