Doulce Mémoire

Festival Concerts | June 6–13, 2021

Doulce Mémoire

Denis Raisin Dadre, director

Premiered Monday, June 7, 2021 at 8pm (EDT)

Leonardo da Vinci: The Hidden Music | Praised for their “piquancy, tenderness, wit and vivacity” (BBC Music Magazine), Renaissance chamber ensemble Doulce Mémoire performs an intimate program celebrating the art of Leonardo da Vinci, recorded at the beautiful residence where the great master lived his final years. The legendary Renaissance polymath was a highly regarded improvisatory musician in his time and even invented new instruments. While none of his own compositions have survived, director Denis Raisin Dadre has crafted a selection of Renaissance musical masterworks that he feels are evocative of the great Leonardo’s paintings. The result is an immersive experience full of a vibrant harmony of visual art and music.

Recorded at Château du Clos Lucé, Amboise, France

Length: 1 hour, 21 minutes

This concert premiered on Monday, June 7, 2021 at 8pm (EDT). You can still purchase tickets and watch the performance until the end of the day on Sunday, July 11, 2021 (EDT).

“Imaginative music-making.”



Premieres on Monday, June 7 at 7pm

Da Vinci and Dance
Presented by Catherine Turocy, Founder and Artistic Director, New York Baroque Dance Company

In Leonardo da Vinci’s description of the Vitruvian Man, he not only lays out principles of proportion and beauty, but he also describes the body’s relationship to nature and the concept of the body as a microcosm of the macrocosm, the Universe. The art of ballet—beginning in the Renaissance through the 18th century (and beyond)—is based on cosmic theory discussed in Da Vinci’s work. This pre-concert talk—complete with a movement component and slides—explores the microcosm of the body, notions of measure and proportion as they are seen and heard, and explains how a movement in music is directly related to dance theory.


Leonardo da Vinci: The Hidden Music

L’Annunciazione / The Annunciation / L’Annonciation
Frater Petrus: Ave Maria gratia plena
Marchetto Cara: Ave Maria gratia plena
Anonymous: Vergine Immaculata (instrumental)

Il Battesimo di Cristo / The Baptism of Christ / Le Baptême du Christ
Anonymous: La Danse de Clèves (instrumental)
Conrad Paumann: Basse danse Mit Ganzem (instrumental)

Ritratto di Ginevra de’ Benci / Ginevra de’ Benci / Portrait de Ginevra de’ Benci
Hayne van Ghizeghem: De tous bien playne

La Vergine delle Rocce / The Virgin of the Rocks / La Vierge aux Rochers
Domenico da Piacenza: Ballo Bel fiore (instrumental)           
Francesco Spinacino: Recercare (instrumental)           
Anonymous: Poi che t’hebbi nel core (laude)
Anonymous: Fortuna desperata (instrumental)

Ritratto di Musico / Portrait of a Musician / Portrait de Musicien
Josquin des Prez: Mille regretz
Tielman Susato: Les miens aussi, responce à Mille regretz

Ritratto di Isabelle d’Este / Portrait of Isabelle d’Este / Portrait d’Isabelle d’Este
Bartolomeo Tromboncino: Non val l’acqua

San Giovanni Battista / Saint John the Baptist / Saint Jean Baptiste
Francesco da Milano: Spagna (instrumental)
Marchetto Cara: Per dolor
Anonymous: Gaillarda comadria (instrumental)

 La Gioconda / Mona Lisa / La Joconde
Anonymous: Rime, sonetto XVIII – Pétrarque
Récité sur Per Sonetti

Ritratto di Dama / La Belle Ferronnière / La Belle Ferronnière
Gugliemo Ebreo: Basse danse Venus (instrumental)           
Anonymous: “Pacientia” ognom mi dice
Gugliemo Ebreo: Basse danse Venus (vièle; instrumental)           
Anonymous: O mischini
Anonymous: Ballo Petit rien (instrumental)

Ansano Senese: Noi siamo galeotti (instrumental)
Marchetto Cara: Tante volte si si si


Doulce Mémoire
Clara Coutouly, soprano

Miguel Henry, lute
Baptiste Romain, lira da braccio
Bérengère Sardin, Renaissance harp
Denis Raisin Dadre, recorders & direction


Video director: Jean-Baptiste Béïs
Production: Prismédia

This concert takes place in Le Château du Clos Lucé – Parc Leonardo da Vinci in Amboise, Leonardo da Vinci’s last residence in France.

Doulce Mémoire is supported by the Regional Council of the Centre Region-Val de Loire, the Ministry of Culture and Communication – DRAC Centre, the Institut Français – Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Indre-et-Loire general Council, the City of Tours, SPEDIDAM, ADAMI, and Mécénat Musical Société Générale. Doulce Mémoire is a member of FEVIS, Profedim.

Special thanks to François Saint-Bris and Le Château du Clos Lucé – Parc Leonardo da Vinci.