La Cetra's Basel concert series includes thematic cycles that have continued conceptually over the years: "l'Opera ritrovata" with unjustly forgotten operas and oratorios, "Basler Advent" with special programs for the Christmas season, or "il Prete rosso" with works by Antonio Vivaldi. In 2022 we will begin a new cycle of this kind with "a Cappella", which will put the La Cetra Vocal Ensemble at the center.
In this concert we will embark on an exciting musical journey through time to the Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales, that monastery founded by Joan of Spain in 1559, located in the heart of Madrid. Let us experience together how - inspired by the richness of the music library as well as the archival sources of the monastery - a solemn service for the feast of Pentecost may have sounded in this place at the turn of the 17th century.
In 1585, Tomás Luis de Victoria returned to Spain after a twenty-year stay in Rome. The first news of
his association with the Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales is dated January 15, 1586. The Missa "Dum complerentur" is composed on the basis of a motet of the same name by Victoria, published in 1572. The ordinarium of the Missa is supplemented on the present day by the Pentecost Proprium. Parts of the proprium are sung in canto llano, others are replaced by organ works from the Obras de Musica by Antonio de Cabezón (1510-1566). The highlight of the organ contributions is the richly diminished intavolation of Josquin's six-part motet "Ave Maria". It is heard in the liturgical passage of the Pater noster, i.e. the text that forms the first part of this composition, but unfortunately was not intavolled by Cabezón.
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