University of Zagreb
Centre for Mediterranean Studies
Don Frana Buliæa 4
20000 Dubrovnik

27th March 2012

8 pm, Luka Sorkoèeviæ Art School / Strossmayer Street 3


Doulce Mémoire (France)

Denis Raisin Dadre, artistic leadership



Italian Moresche and Greghesche


Bestiary or the Language of Animals

Claude Lejeune (c. 1530 - 1600): Quando lo gallo  

Gasparo Zanetti (fl. 1625 – 1645): Bassa gioisa (instrumental) 

Antonino Barges (c 1520 - 1565): Canzon de la Gallina   


The Germans or the Language of Caricatures

Orazzio Vecchi (1550 - 1605): Imitation de l’allemand    

Anonimus: La bella Franschina (instrumental)

Johann Eccard: (1553 - 1611): Zanni, magnifico et le tedesco  

Tilman Susato (c. 1500 – c. 1562): Moresche (instrumental)    

Orlando di Lasso (1532 - 1594): Matona mia cara  


The Moors or the Language of Africans

Orlando di Lasso (1532 - 1594): Allala pia calia      

Anonimus: Spagnoletta (instrumental)  

Severino Cornetti (?): Lucia Miau 

Orlando di Lasso (1532 - 1594): Canta Gorgia       


Wine and Eroticism or the Language of Jargon

Orlando di Lasso (1532 - 1594): Tutto lo di    

Anonimus: Bergamasque (instrumental)

Orazzio Vecchi (1550 - 1605): Vinata prima   


Artisans or the Language of Burano

Anonimus: Passemeze (instrumental)           

Giovanni Croce (c. 1557 - 1609): Mascarata de pescaori

Giovanni Croce: Mascarata de donne pitoche         

Anonimus: Nizzarda (instrumental)       

Giovanni Croce: Mascarata da forlani    

Giovanni Croce: Conzon de contadini    


Gregesche or the Language of Veneto-Greek

Andrea Gabrieli (c. 1532 - 1585): Sassi Palae – sabbion, del Adrian lio      

Annibale Padovano (1527 - 1575): Benedetta el gregaria        


Doctor Grazian or the Bolognese Language

Anonimus: Chiarenzana (instrumental) 

Giovanni Croce (c. 1557 - 1609): Mascarata da lenguazi 


Zanni and Pantalon or the Venetian Language

Orlando di Lasso (1532 - 1594): Zanni que fai?      


Padre Martino… or the Neapolitan Language

Orlando di Lasso (1532 - 1594): Cathalina     

Orlando di Lasso: Chi chi li chi      



Doulce Mémoire is primarily characterized by energy, team work and joy in realization of the common goal of discovering new approaches to the sacred and secular music of Renaissance. The ensemble is a closely knit group of instrumentalists and singers who jointly perform at numerous renowned festivals (Innsbruck, Saintes, Bath, Ambronay and Boston, to name but a few), but also at somewhat unusual locations such as the walkway in front of the UCG cinema in the centre of Paris, a restaurant in Portugal, the town of Quito in Equador, situated at the altitude of 4000 meters, or a boat in the Tahitian lagoon. Doulce Mémoire is constantly creating new and original interpretations in response to many challenges performing, for instance, in a horse-drawn caravan, cooperating with the Uzbek singer Munnajat Yulchieva or teaching young singers from Bolivia.


Open to every form of art, members of the ensemble cooperate with musicians and dancers of the internationally acclaimed Han Tang Yuefu Company from Taiwan, Italian dancers from the Il Ballarino ensemble, singers of the British band Cardinall's Musick, and Spanish dancers in a project that combines Renaissance music with flamenco. Doulce Mémoire avoids monotony by exploring music ranging from Renaissance cabaret to the mystical music of the Holy Week, from the Requiem for French knights to commedia dell'arte in a project dedicated to Venice. The ensemble records for Naïve, K 617 and Zig Zag Territories labels. It won a number of awards, including Diapason d'Or for the record of the year, and has been highly praised by magazines Le Monde de la Musique and Télérama.