La Cetra—A Capella

Tuesday, 24 May

In 2022, La Cetra will begin a new concert series in Basel entitled “a cappella,” which will focus on the La Cetra vocal ensemble. In this concert, La Cetra will embark on an exciting musical journey through time to the Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales, the imperial monastery located in the middle of Madrid that was founded by Joan of Spain in 1559. Tomás Luis de Victoria was the most important composer of the "golden age" of polyphonic music in Spain in the 16th century. Born in Avila in 1548, he went to Rome as a young musician and spent 20 years in various churches and monasteries before returning to Spain in 1585. As head of the chapel of the Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales, he wrote only a few works.
Victoria's "Missa Dum Complerentur" is a six-part parody mass, composed on the basis of a motet of the same name by Victoria that was published in 1572. To adjust to the ecclesiastical year, the unchanging parts of the mass (Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, Benedictus, and Agnus Dei) are supplemented by the Proper of Pentecost, including splendid organ works by Antonio de Cabezón. In addition to the organ, the Renaissance instruments dulcian and cornett will also be heard on this evening. Inspired by the wealth of the music library and the archival sources of the Madrid monastery and with the atmospheric staging by Michael Kleine, this will allow the audience to experience how a solemn service for Pentecost may have sounded around the turn of the 17th century.
Tickets are CHF 25-60.


Leonhardskirchplatz 10
4051 Basel

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