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Forma Antiqva – Cambridge Pembroke College Auditorium

14 May

Forma Antiqva

14 May | Pembroke College | Cambridge

Madrid, mid-18th century: a cultural centre, melting-pot of sainetes, tonadillas and overtures. The corrales and coliseos ignite sparks of passions and affections in a perpetual bustle.

The scene is the street; the action, life itself! Madrid is the sharing and exchanging of traditions, fashions and styles. It is amazement and awe. Above all, Madrid is a state of mind.

How might one provide a soundtrack to this setting, to these newly illuminated narrow streets? Perhaps by borrowing from stage music, from showbusiness. By appropriating what was heard and cheered in courtyards and halls, stages and squares.

From the Fandango danced a thousand times to the dramatic Overture that announces a well-staged plot; from the French-influenced Symphony and that in more local style to the transalpine Allegro.

The famous composers are present here: Nebra, Conforto and Corselli; so too are some more recent discoveries and unexpected surprises: Baset, Castel and Mele.

PROGRAMME: Farándula castiza

José de Nebra (1702-1768): Obertura de Iphigenia en Tracia – Allegro
Bernardo Álvarez Acero (1766-1821): Fandango

Primera Jornada
José Castel (1737-1807): Sinfonía no 3 – Allegro
Nicolás Conforto (1718-1793): Sinfonía de La Nitteti – Andante alla francese
Vicente Baset (1719-1764): Sinfonia a più stromenti Bas-3 – Allegro assay; Adagio; Minuete

Segunda Jornada
Luigi Boccherini (1743-1805): Tempo di Minuetto (Op VI)
Juan Bautista Mele (ca.1701-1752): Sinfonía de Angelica e Medoro – Andante
Nicolás Conforto: Fandango
Vicente Baset: Apertura a più stromenti Bas-7 – Allegro assay; Andante moderato; Presto

Tercera Jornada
Santiago de Murcia (1673-1739): Cumbees
Nicolás Conforto: Sinfonía de Siroe – Con ira; Andante alla francese; Allegro
Francisco Corselli (1705-1778): Obertura de La cautela en la amistad – Andante
José de Nebra: Obertura de Iphigenia en Tracia – Minué; Allegro

José Castel: Sinfonía no 3 – Minuetto
Vicente Baset: Apertura a più stromenti Bas-5 – Allegro assay; Adagio; Allegro

Approximately 75′ with no interval

Jorge Jiménez, violin
Daniel Pinteño, violin
Ruth Verona, violoncello
Daniel Zapico, theorbo
Pablo Zapico, Baroque guitar


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