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Why Is This Important? Leonora Duarte (1610–1678), a Jewish Converso living in Antwerp, was the only known woman to write music for the viol in the seventeenth-century, yet no complete recording of her work exists. Born to a prominent family of merchants and art collectors (friends of Vermeer, and possibly Rubens), Leonora received a superb musical education that included instruction on viol, harpsichord, and lute, as well as lessons in composition — but as both a Jew and a woman, she received no commissions from church or court. Her surviving work, sevenSinfonias for consort, not only fill an extraordinary gap in history, but are a testament to a formidable talent for composition. It's now up to us to bring these gorgeous works back to life — to give them the legs upon which to walk again.
Not Your Average Record We have invited Teju Cole, award-winning author and photography critic of The New York Times Magazine, to create spoken prose on the disc and a photography essay in the program booklet, anchoring our dialogue with Duarte. Cole's work in seventeenth-century Antwerp deals with memory, the mapping of urban environments, and with connecting space and time via observation. We hope this CD will be not only a collection of sound unearthed from the past, but an art object, something to hold and cherish.