The Shepheardes Calender (World premiere performance)

15 May 2019 - 18:00

Lecture in English by David Salvage 



‘The Shepheardes Caldenar’ was the first major poetical work by the Elizabethan poet Edmund Spenser (ca 1552-1599), published in 1579.  It has now been adapted for piano and narrator by the US pianist and composer R. David Salvage, who lives and works in Bologna, and by the Italian actor Andrea Argentieri.  Projections of the original woodcuts that appear before each of the cycle’s twelve poems will accompany the music and narration.  Salvage has composed for film, orchestra, chorus and a wide variety of ensembles, and has performed both as soloist and accompanist.  Argentieri, who studied film at Royal Holloway, is best known for his one-man show Se Questo e' Levi.


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This season is made possible by a generous donation from Graham Avery and his wife Annalisa, matched by Alessandra and Michael Griffiths.