To mark the 400th anniversary of Spain’s greatest-ever composer, Tomás Luis de Victoria (1584-1611), one of the most important composers of the late Renaissance, ILAMS joins forces with the Instituto Cervantes London to bring together the UK’s foremost Victoria experts in an afternoon of talks, concluding with a round-table discussion and a short musical performance. Programme includes:
1. Noel O’Regan (University of Edinburgh): ‘A Tale of Two Cities’: Victoria between Rome and Madrid
Tomás Luis de Victoria’s productive life was divided fairly equally between Rome and Madrid. In Rome he was a Spaniard, a member of what was in many ways a colonial elite. In Madrid he may well have been seen as a Roman, at least in musical terms. Victoria played a crucial role as transmitter of music and musical style between the two cities. This paper will look at aspects of that transmission, particularly from a Roman perspective.
2. Owen Rees (University of Oxford): The Six-voice ‘Requiem’ and its Context
This paper reviews the circumstances of the composition and first performances of Victoria’s six-voice Requiem, following the death of the Empress Maria in 1603. It then considers intriguing aspects of the 1605 published edition of the work, and finally it sets the music into the context of Requiem settings from the Iberian world in this period.
3. Javier Marín López (University of Jaén, Spain): Tomás Luis de Victoria, or Polyphony and Ideologies in Colonial Latin America
This presentation explores the practice of Renaissance Latin polyphony using Tomás Luis de Victoria and his American dissemination as a case study of how music became a powerful ideological tool and a symbol of prestige and status in front of the native cultures which had not developed a written polyphonic musical tradition.
4. Round-table discussion
With special guest Carlos Fernández Aransay, the UK’s foremost Hispanic vocal music conductor and Director of the UK’s only specialist choir in Iberican repertoire, the acclaimed Coro Cervantes.
The day’s proceedings will be rounded with a short musical performance by the pre-eminent liturgical vocal group Cantores Missae. www.cantoresmissae.co.uk
Bolivar Hall, 54, Grafton Way, London, W1T 5DL
29 October 2011, 2.00pm
Tickets: Admission free; suggested donation £3