Prima le parole, poi la musica (first the words, then the music) 

Claudio Monteverdi


Sestina Music presents Madrigals at the Museum I & II: two concerts which showcase the extraordinary Madrigals of Claudio Monteverdi. Monteverdi’s Nine Books of Madrigals form one of the world’s most significant and diverse collections of vocal music,  ranging from intimate 5-part a capella pieces in Books 1-5 to the virtuoso concerti for varied combinations in Book 7. These two concerts, featuring Books 1 and 2 respectively, mark the beginning of an ambitious project to perform all 9 books of the Madrigals over the next number of years. 


In Book 1, we hear the youthful musical language of Monteverdi, still greatly influenced by his teacher, Ingegneri, and  just beginning to find his own voice and explore the possibilities of the genre. By Book 2, the development in his musical language is significant, with the florid and fluent musical style of a mature Monteverdi very much in evidence throughout.


Recorded in the spectacular setting of the Ulster Museum, these performances will present this glorious music within a wider artistic context, showcasing the stunning spaces and diverse collections of the museum.

This event is presented in partnership with the Ulster Museum and Belfast International Arts Festival. We are grateful to the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and our sponsors, Exitex Ltd., for funding this event.


This online event is free of charge, but tickets must be booked in advance via the Belfast International Arts Festival booking page. I

Madrigals at the Museum I - 19th October 2020, 8pm

Madrigals at the Museum II - 26th October 2020, 8pm



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