Friday, March 31, 7:30pm at Trinity Center for Urban Life, Philadelphia
Saturday, April 1, 7:30pm at Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia
Sunday, April 2, 3:00pm at Christ Church Christiana Hundred (The Chapel), Wilmington
This concert is made possible by The Paul M. Angell Family Foundation.
Musicians! were offering a companion workshop in reading from original notation.
Saturday, April 1 from 1:30 – 5:00.
Spanish Cathedrals were the place to hear the latest music, the most intricate and moving polyphony, the most recent rambunctious villancico still wet from the composer’s pen, the hottest new virtuosic instrumental displays, the freshest incidental diversions (some composed, some improvised) and even some of the recently imported dances. You’d have heard the remarkable compositional and improvisational mastery and genius of Spanish composers and performers alike.
Whether in the private chapels of the royalty in Madrid, the great edifices of the flourishing urban centers such as Seville, Salamanca and Toledo, or the small collegiate churches in the small towns and villages that dotted the Iberian Peninsula, including in Lerma or in Santiago de Compostela, the musical world of Spanish culture rang out for all to hear. The performers? The celebrated cathedral wind bands as well as harpists, vihuelists, guitarists, and percussionists.
Music on this program is by Francisco Guerrero, Alonso Lobo, Philippe Rogier and Tomas de Victoria, written especially for the professional wind bands employed by the Church and intended to enhance daily lives, community celebrations, and holy occasions alike.
“Full of spice and spirit, the solemnity of a vespers service giving way to a rollicking dance party…The ample arsenal of vintage instruments played by Piffaro was used in service to both the sacred and the saucy.” – Saint Paul Pioneer Press