Anglican Association of Musicians Concert at St. David's
At 7:00 pm on Sunday, June 10, St. David’s hosts the opening concert of the national conference of the Association of Anglican Musicians. The early music group Sonnambula, from New York City, will perform a concert for strings (of all kinds, including violins, violas da gamba (which look like a cross between a guitar and a cello), Baroque guitar, and harpsichord) and voice of music from the Spanish theater. Here’s the group’s description of their concert:
The program we present tonight consists of music from the Spanish theater during the period known as the siglo de oro. The fame of the poets and playwrights of this time is in stark contrast to the relative obscurity of the music that accompanied their words. Poetry, theater, and music interacted in diverse ways in baroque theaters. Spoken plays were spiced with music—either incidental pieces written for the occasion, or popular tunes worked into the plot. Opera, of course, had its own poetry sung throughout. However, the strength of the spoken theater tradition in Spain helped resist the influence of opera, hardly composed at all in Spain until the mid-18th century. The Zarzuela was developed at court around 1630, with spoken dialogue and newly composed music throughout, such that both music and declamation are integral to the drama. We are complementing the Zarzuela songs with a variety of instrumental music; from the virtuosic guitar music that Spain has been known for since this time to the fashionable, Italian-inflected style of the famous immigrant Andrea Falconieri, to the most rustic dances. We cannot be sure exactly what music was played during spoken plays, but we know there was a good deal of music, and we're presenting a wide range of what might have been. It is a misfortune that the names of masters such as Sebastián Durón, Juan Hidalgo de Polanco, and Antoni Lliteres are unknown as they are; we are delighted to celebrate their achievements.
Thanks to generous donations, admission is free for the St. David’s community. Free tickets will soon be available. Please know that you are welcome to distribute them to anyone who might be interested. If you would like to make a donation to support this concert and music at St. David’s, you may donate online or by check, with “music” in the memo.
Here’s a link to Sonnambula performing a chacona (a dance that originated in South America in the late 1500s, and quickly spread, through Spain, throughout Europe) that will be performed at St. David’s: https://youtu.be/ikMZhOpPjjg
More information about the Association of Anglican Musicians can be found at http://www.anglicanmusicians.org, and more information about Sonnambula is at http://www.sonnambula.org.
Please contact Ben Carlisle with any questions.