Friday, March 08, 2013

John Bradley, Director

La Flor de España (The Flower of Spain)


The Music of Francisco Guerrero (1528-1599)

Missa Surge propera á6, Motets & Gregorian Chant


Time:              8 pm

                        Pre-concert lecture at 7 pm with Dr. Antoni Pizà



Tickets:          $25 – General Admission

                        $15 – Students, Seniors & Early Music America (EMA) Members



Polyhymnia presents the music of Francisco Guerrero, the quintessential Spanish Renaissance composer. Guerrero musically embodies the essence of Iberian spirituality with his dark-hued, elegantly wrought polyphony. He wrote only one mass for six voices, the sensuous Missa Surge propera. The sixteen singer ensemble will perform this magnificent mass ordinary in a liturgical reconstruction with Gregorian chant from a medieval Spanish Graduale book, rediscovering a glorious musical and liturgical tradition as it might have been heard within the walls of Seville’s splendid cathedral. Along with the motet and the propers for the Feast of the Annunciation, the choir will perform three of Guerrero’s superb motets Tota pulchra est for six voices, and Ave Maria, and Regina Caeli for eight voices.


About the Ensemble:

Polyhymnia, one of New York’s leading early music ensembles, creates vibrant, historically informed performances of music from the courts and cathedrals of the Renaissance world. Working with museums and libraries, liturgical historians and educational institutions, Polyhymnia preserves and revives masterworks of the choral literature composed in Europe and the Americas between the years 1450 and 1650. Since 2000, Artistic Director John Bradley has been preparing original editions of music for the ensemble in repertoire including numerous modern premiers of works which have remained unperformed since the 16th century.