Go, then, breaking the air

Sacred works in romance by Sebastián Durón

Durón was undoubtedly the greatest exponent of both religious and secular Spanish baroque music. After passing through various Spanish cathedrals such as Zaragoza, Seville, Burgo de Osma and Palencia, Durón's fame as an organist and composer reached such an extreme that King Carlos II called him to succeed the organist José Sanz in 1691, who retired that same year. In a short time, Durón became one of the favorite composers of the Madrid court, both of religious music and stage music. During this stage, he also had the opportunity to work for important noble houses, such as the Dukes of Osuna, the Counts of Salvatierra or the Counts of Oñate. The absence of the master of the official Royal Chapel, Diego Verdugo, meant that the musical responsibilities fell more and more to Durón, until in 1701, with the advent in Spain of the first king of the Bourbon dynasty, Felipe V, he was appointed master of the Royal Chapel and rector of the Royal College of the Children Singers of Madrid.

This program brings together a series of sacred songs and tunes in the Romance language for tiple and accompaniment by this enormous composer whom Opera Omnia admires so much. His style as a composer is unmistakable not only for arranging recitatives and arias, including clearly idiomatic instrumental parts or using an elaborate musicalization of the texts, where he does not skimp on unusual chromatisms, dissonances or modulations, but especially for how he assimilated all of this without contravening the practices, styles and musical genres of the Hispanic Baroque. A program that is simple in form (soprano, cello and harpsichord) but deep and relevant in its music that we are sure the public will enjoy.

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