RELIGIOUS and CONTEMPORARY COMPOSITION COMBINED
A quick exploration of popular religious music from Spain surprises us with polyphonies rooted in Faux Bourdon: a strong traditional form that survives today thanks to groups of “despertadores,” religious brotherhoods still active in some Spanish provinces. In this program Vox Suavis has chosen to frame the rich repertoire of one such brotherhood, “Los Rosarieros de Hijar” from Teruel, with religious pieces from the oral tradition that were sung during Easter.
At the centre of the program is Stabat Mater, a contemporary work written by Dominique Vellard. The piece is based on a Hymn written by Fra Jacopone da Todi in the XIII century which was sung during the Via Crucis at the Holy Friday office. One part of the Stabat Mater receives further inspiration from the oral Spanish tradition: Fac me vere recall us, a Saeta which was sung during Easter. These influences link it with the surrounding works, casting both in new light.