Program No. 1

"Cuando Muere el Sol"
(When the sun dies)

Musical poetry in the works of Sebastián Durón

Sebastián Durón died in exile in France, neglected and criticized as the Spanish composer who "opened the doors to Italian influences." This kind of controversy is typical when new elements are brought into traditional forms. Critics and music theorists at that time were unaware that Durón's music had transcended the Spanish frontiers and was to be found in music archives in Colombia, Bolivia, Peru, Guatemala and Mexico, attesting to its international esteem. Cuando muere el sol (When the sun dies) is an exquisite melancholic tono divino that exists in various archives, including the Music Archive of the Cathedral of Bogotá. Combining great poetic imagery and
a refined compositional technique that brought the best of its own Spanish popular music tradition into genres like the earthly tonos humanos or the lively villancicos, Durón's music reveals today, after three centuries, a new light... when the sun dies.


Program includes:

Folías gallegas - Santiago de Murcia (c.1682-c.1740)
Qué es esto alevoso - Sebastián Durón (1660-1716)
Corazón, no suspiréis - Sebastián Durón
Gaitilla de mano izquierda - Sebastián Durón
Xacona - Spanish anonymous (17th c.)
Tiento - Juan Cabanilles (1644-1712)
Sosieguen, descansen - Sebastián Durón
Cuando muere el sol - Sebastián Durón
Canarios - Gaspar Sanz (1640-1710)
Gaitas - Santiago de Murcia
Al dormir el sol en la cuna del alva - Sebastián Durón


Program No. 2

"Esa Noche Yo Bailá"
(Tonight we shall dance)

Feast and devotion in 17th c. Peru

Prayers that rise to the sky while dancing: Prayers in a context that, nowadays, would be unimaginable. Syncretism of pagan ceremonies into the Catholic ritual resulted from the attempt to bridge the gap, at least musically, between violently clashing cultures. The villancico, as a religious musical genre full of secular elements in 17th century viceroyal Latin America, is the focus of this concert program. All its expressive variations are explored, allowing us to feel the proximity of the street to the church, thesound of percussion knocking at the doors of "paradise."


Program includes:

Obra de clarín - Spanish anonymous (1709)
Ballo e corrente italiano - Juan Cabanilles (1644-1712)
Tírale flechas - Francisco de Santiago (1578-1644)
Villano - Gaspar Sanz (1640-1710)
Yo joben e ignorado - Colombian anonymous (17th c.)
Anaustia - Bolivian anonymous (18th c.)
Ay, divino amor - Juan de Navas (1647-c.1709)
Aquella hermosa nube - Maestro Loaysa (c.1642-1695)
Coraçón que en prisión - José Marín (1618-1699)
Sólo es querer, penar, morir - Juan Hidalgo (1614-1685)
Pavanas por la D - Gaspar Sanz
Esa noche yo bailá - Peruvian anonymous (17th c.)