Personalities | Johannes Ciconia | Medieval Era | Classical

(Yo-an’-nez Se-kon’-ya) c. 1370–1412
Franco-Flemish composer and theorist

Ciconia was active principally in Italy. For many years he was regarded as the main link between Machaut and Du Fay, and although other influential composers have now come to the fore, he is still seen as one of the most important figures of his generation. He wrote songs in French and Italian, music for the Mass and motets. His works cover a wide range of styles. Some of his songs are in a conventional fourteenth-century Italian style, and typically Italian features are also seen in some motets; a few works show the influence of the French Ars Subtilior. However, some of his songs are in a completely new compositional style, with the meaning of the words matched to the music. Strangely, for a composer who is regarded as the most innovative of his time, his theoretical writings are very old fashioned and do not deal with polyphonic music at all.

Recommended Recording:
The Saracen and the Dove, Orlando Consort (Archiv)

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