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Listen to Richard III’s life through music

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A recording of the concert is available to play or embed at: http://soundcloud.com/university-of-leicester/the-search-for-king-richard-1

More information about the Search for Richard III, including videos and audio clips, is available on the University’s public website: http://www.le.ac.uk/richardiii/

A group of historical music performers has presented a musical biography of Richard III’s life, exploring the places and pieces he would have known.

Recorder trio TritonE gave a concert of music dating from 1452 to 1485 – the time of Richard III – at the University of Leicester.

The concert included pieces from English composers to represent his childhood in England as well as music from Burgundy and the Hague, which he would have heard during his travels in Europe.

It also included English music from the 1470s, when Richard returned to England before becoming King in 1483.

The group play music from a range of composers, including English composer John Dunstable and the Franco-Flemish Guillaume Dufay and Johannes Ockeghem.

TritonE is a professional recorder trio which specialises in the performance of historical music.

The TritonE members are also active researchers - frequently working with original manuscripts - and their musical interpretations are based in historical, theoretical and practical writings about music.

Janet Forbes, recorders and voice, is a recent MA graduate of the Historical Performance department at the Royal Conservatoire, The Hague.

Elspeth Robertson and Mary-Jannet Leith (recorders) are currently completing the MA programme at the Royal College of Music, London.

Janet Forbes said: “When I first heard about the discovery I was really excited. The music will provide an amazing context to the life of someone like Richard III. We chose music from places he visited, pieces which would have been familiar to him.”

Professor Lin Foxhall, Head of the School of Archaeology and Ancient History, said: “This concert offers another perspective on the life and times of Richard III, presenting the sound world in which he lived, and the different kinds of music he would have heard and known.”

The concert was recorded on Friday 11 January at the Fraser Noble Hall at the University of Leicester.

It coincided with the annual meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology, hosted by the University’s Centre for Historical Archaeology in the School of Archaeology and Ancient History.

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