Ensemble for Medieval Music. Benjamin Bagby, Director

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Voices from the Island Sanctuary:
Ecclesiastical Singers in Paris (1180-1230)

Ave, gloriosa virginum regina

Philippe le Chancelier (d. 1236)

At the intersection of courtly secular and ecclesiastical song, this Latin lai in praise of Maria is a quintessential 12th-century musical and poetical structure: constant repetition of themes set within an ever-varying form. This lai melody is found in later medieval sources with French texts and was obviously widely popular throughout the period in both secular and sacred contexts. Philippe -- the illegitimate son of an archdeacon and a noblewoman, born and educated within the close of Notre-Dame – was a brilliant church politician, writer, poet and administrator. He was a legend in his time, fought for justice for the students of Paris, and left behind at least 70 magnificent Latin songs.


Hail, glorious queen of virgins, noble vine, elixir of life, resin of mercy! Hail, abundant pool of grace, clean us of our filthy flesh in the basin of purification. Morning star, radiant in brightness…through you the Divine Law illuminates with its teaching. O rose blooming with loveliness, without a thorn of sin, with inward love incline your ear to us and save us from destruction…

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Upcoming Concerts

27 February 2018
Omaha, Nebraska / University of Nebraska

01 March 2018
Dallas, Texas / Nasher Sculpture Center

04 March 2018
New York City, NY / The Cloisters
The Wanderer (solo program) North American premiere

08 March 2018
(postponed from 07 March)
Poughkeepsie, NY / Vassar College

20 April 2018
Konstanz, D
Oswald in Konstanz

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Benjamin Bagby's teaching activities in 2018

In addition to his teaching position at the University of Paris - Sorbonne, where he has taught since 2005 in the professional masters program, Benjamin Bagby travels widely in 2018 to teach other practical workshops for young professionals:

Milano, Scuola Civica di Musica (Milano, Italy) 29-31 January
The troubadours of the Milano manuscript R71 sup. (late 13th century)

Folkwang Universität der Künste (Essen-Werden, Germany) April-June
Benjamin will join the faculty of this renowned masters program for liturgical chant performance and medieval music, specializing this year in music from Notre Dame of Paris. The dates of his courses: 13-14 April, 18-20 May, 28-30 May and 15-17 June. More information

Schola Cantorum Basiliensis (Basel, Switzerland) 25-26 May

7th International Course on Medieval Music Performance (Besalú, Spain) .
Music relating to the idea of the Crusades, especially in the 12th and early 13th centuries.

Amherst Early Music Festival (Connecticut College, New London CT) 15-21 July
An intensive course on the Roman de Fauvel (14th century)
July 21, 2018, 1 pm "Roman de Fauvel project" (student performance)

Burg Fürsteneck, Germany (31 August to 02 September
Fortbildung zur Musik des Mittelalters / Roman de Fauvel (guest instructor)

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