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The Spanish Renaissance

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Saturday, October 19, 2013, 8PM at St. Louis King of France Catholic Church, 7601 Burnet Road
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Sunday, October 20, 2013, 3PM at First Presbyterian Church, 8001 Mesa Drive
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Seriously? There are ensaladas on this concert?!?
Usually, if you want an ensalada you go to a restaurant, not a concert, right?

Not so fast, my friend; these ensaladas are a treat for the ears and the spirit, but have nothing to do with the delectable edible! Like most salads, they are created from a little of this and little of that, but that’s where the similarity ends. This musical form reached its pinnacle in the works of Catalonian composer Mateo Flecha in the early 16th century. His ensaladas combine “normal” Renaissance polyphonic sections with popular folk melodies to create exhilarating, dance-like variations for voices and instruments. Filled with drama, biblical quotations, exhortations, lovely melodies, and lots of humor, the ensaladas are toe-tappers from beginning to end! They were extraordinarily popular in many of the cathedrals of Renaissance Spain—and were even banned in a few! TEMP will perform two of Flecha’s most popular ensaladas, each for four parts: El fuego and La bomba.

For contrast, our program will explore some of the glorious wealth of polyphonic sacred music from the cathedrals and monasteries of 16th-century Spain, a repertoire that has served as inspiration for choristers around the world and remains beloved by fans of choral music everywhere. We focus on two of Spain’s most treasured composers, one from each half of the century. Cristóbal de Morales lived and worked in Spain as well as at the Vatican as a singer and composer in the first half of the century. One of his most celebrated works is his Missa Mille Regretz, a parody mass based on one of the more popular Renaissance chansons by Josquin des Pres; we will perform the Agnus Dei from that mass as well as one of his most beautiful motets, Ave Maria, for five voices. Francisco Guerrero, from the second half of the century, was a famed singer and composer from Seville. His celebrated motet for 12 parts, Duo Seraphim, is outstanding among Renaissance works from any country. It is written for three choirs; 15 voices will comprise two of the choirs and soloist Erin Calata and three sackbuts (predecessors of the modern trombone) will comprise the third.

Other pieces in the concert feature the viol consort, harp, and vihuela, led by our guest artist, viola da gamba star Mary Springfels. Our instrumental ensemble will showcase dances that became the “top of the charts” in Western Europe for decades, inspiring composers such as Monteverdi, Lully, and Purcell in some of their more popular compositions! The concert closer, Un sarao de la chacona: A la vida bona, has become extremely influential and popular in the last 30 years among those who follow early music. We think you’ll love it, too.

Special Guest Artists and TEMP Performers

In addition to Mary Springfels, TEMP is fortunate to have guest percussionist Peter Maund (Oakland) join us for this resplendent and exciting second concert of the season. Soloists and featured singers include Jenifer Thyssen, Meredith Ruduski, Cayla Cardiff, Stephanie Prewitt, Laura Mercado-Wright, Erin Calata (Seattle), Paul d’Arcy, Jeffrey Jones Ragona, Steven Olivares, and Cameron Beauchamp. University of Texas trombone faculty Nathaniel Brickens leads the team of three sackbuts.


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