Dangerous graces

Female musicians at the courts of Ferrara and Parma, 1565-1589

Were Botticelli's Primavera to burst into song, she would probably sound like this. - Independent on Sunday

The music is utterly captivating. . . Dangerous Graces is a fascinating CD  - Early Music News

A truly unique and wonderful experience -  Artsworld.com

 Buy the first CD on Linn Records

This website comprises the public pages of 'Female musicians at the courts of Ferrara and Parma, 1565-1589', an AHRB-funded collaboration between the ensemble Musica Secreta and musicologist Laurie Stras. The collaboration was formed in order to investigate performing practices at the Farnese and d'Este courts in the latter half of the sixteenth century. The project is generating transcriptions, performing scores and recordings of music associated with the two courts, made available to the wider musical community via this site.

Scores on this site are published using Sibelius software and may be viewed and heard with the aid of the Scorch plug-in.

(From left to right) Frances Kelly, Catherine King, Emily van Evera, Tessa Bonner, Deborah Roberts, David Miller and Philip Hobbs; recording at St. Jude's, Hampstead Garden Suburb, 4 January 2001


Information on this site is subject to change as the project is ongoing. Enquiries about the site or its contents may be addressed to Laurie Stras.


Written by Laurie Stras.

Last updated 04 October, 2002.

The views expressed in this document are those of the author and not those of the University of Southampton.