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This video shows Charites performing "Le Tre Grazie a Venere" by Barbara Strozzi at a concert at St. Paul's Chapel, Columbia University on Feb. 19, 2008.

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Marvelous Dust: 17th-Century Female Perspectives on the Dissolution of Beauty

A musical vanitas, this program of virtuosic music by female composers investigates the transient nature of youth and beauty.
1. Le tre gratie a Venere • Barbara Strozzi (1619-1677)
3. Mercé di voi • Strozzi

The Lais of Machaut

Elegant lais by Guillaume de Machaut evoke the chivalric culture of fourteenth-century France.
4. Je ne cesse de prier and Et ou porroit on querir • Guillaume de Machaut (ca. 1300-1377)

Et in Arcadia Ego

English and Italian music from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries transports listeners to Arcadia, the idyllic world where nymphs and shepherds reigned supreme.
7. O dolcezze amarissime d'amore • Luzzasco Luzzaschi (1545-1607)
8. Ah, Heav'n! What is't I Hear? • John Blow (1649-1708)
9. Good Morrow, Fair Ladies of the May • Thomas Morley (1557/8-1602)

Brooke Bryant, soprano
Brett Umlauf, soprano
Amber Youell, contralto
Alexandra Snyder Dunbar, harpsichord
Todd Low, viola da gamba

Produced by Joseph Patrych, Patrych Sound Studios