24. March 2008

Klangraum Krems Minoritenkirche

Laudario de Cortona | Tarantelle D´Amore

“My sweetest darling, you, my son and ruler, why did you have to be crucified?” Free from: Laudario di Cortona, Lauda XXV, “Onne homo ad alta voce”

Together with his brothers and vagrant singers Francis of Assisi taught poor people the gospel in their mother tongues. In this way, the lauds emerged in the 13th century—spiritual folk canticles which are orally passed on from one generation to the next and are thus mostly but preserved in their lyrics. At best in the non-liturgical music of the Holy Week in Italy, at ritual singings, sonata and procession dances, some things may go back to the middle-age roots and the original lauds.

“Glorious you rose from the grave on the third day.”
Free from: Laudario die Cortona, Lauda XXVI, “Iesù cristo glorïoso”

In the Tuscan city of Cortona where Francis of Assisi’s successor, Brother Elias, founded the first Franciscan monastery a collection of lauds was recorded in musical notes. From the ensemble Micrologus—formed two decades ago in Assisi (!) to explore medieval music—we will hear Holy Week lauds from the Cortona cortex at “IMAGO DEI” 2008: “Onne homo ad alta voce”, in which an early form of the “stabat mater” can be heard, and the resurrection song “Iesù cristo glorïoso”. These archaic songs have not lost any of their original power: they very closely convey the message of the Lord. Micrologus’ music ranges from the 13th to the 17th century to the passion music in the form of dances, further to songs about the Virgin Mother and to doxologies of fairly folksy tunes, which have been preserved in partly fragmentary handwritings in Italian libraries. The folksy tunes will finally burst out in the second part of this Easter Monday concert at the Minorite Church when Giuseppe de Vittorio sets off for his home country, Italy’s boot heel Apulia, and makes his way to the legendary roots of the tarantella, a dance from the city of Taranto. In the tarantella, the singer, guitarist and percussionist Giuseppe de Vittorio—who once started as a street musician—found connections to ecstatic healing dances and the antique Dionysos cult. We’re back to life on Easter Monday.

LAUDARIO DI CORTONA - Canticles from the 13th century

Goffredo Degli Esposti: Flöte, Bombarda, Dudelsack
Gabriele Russo: Drehleier, Fidel, Rebec
Gabriele Miracle: Perkussion, Glocken
Simone Sorini: Gesang, Laute
Enea Sorini: Gesang
Mauro Borgioni: Gesang
Marcello Vitale: Schlaggitarre
Patrizia Bovi: Gesang, Harfe
Giuseppe De Vittorio: Gesang, Schlaggitarre

TARANTELLE D´AMORE - Volkslieder aus Apulien
Giuseppe De Vittorio: vocals, guitar
Marcello Vitale: guitar
Gabriele Miracle: percussion

With kindly support from: ital. ki

© Sergio Fortini

© Sergio Fortini

© Pino di Vittorio

© Pino di Vittorio