The Renaissance celebrated the splendours of a mythical, glorious, oneiric and magical past. The enthusiasm of that time for antiquity and its treasures of wisdom was the mainspring of the humanist revolution. Universities and academies passed on the knowledge that laid the foundations for its ideas and established its roots in the golden age, the aurea aetas , of Greek and Roman thought. Time validated the heritage of antiquity, gave it a halo of ‘sanctity’.
At the end of the 15th century, a young Roman shepherd discovered by accident the remains of the ancient palace built by Emperor Nero, the Domus Aurea or golden house. Thereafter, all the great artists of what History today calls Renaissance (Raffaello, Michelangelo ...) would descend into these « grottoes » to admire the last remains of Ancient Rome's painting and would launch a movement aspiring to a return to the times of Latin splendour. Amazingly vigorous, the erudite and exciting program by Roberto Festa's Daedalus ensemble leads us to rediscover the musical side of this school, of which Virgil was the model, and which will leave its mark on the whole of 16th century Europe.
Invocatio Musarum - Anon.
Ut vidi, ut perii - Antonius Capreolus Brixien
Miserarum est - Petrus Tritonius
Poscimur si quid vacui sub umbra - Jacob Arcadelt