CYCLE CONFERENCES - SCHUBERTÍADA
A SACRED MICRO-OPERA, WITH AND WITHOUT WORDS
By Carlos Calderón Urreiztieta
Day: September 2
Time: 19.30 h
Place: House of canons of Santa Maria de Vilabertran
Free conferences with the ticket of the day concert.
Haydn explained it thus: "Some fifteen years ago I was requested by a canon of Cadiz to compose instrumental music on The Seven Last Words of Christ on the Cross. The Cadiz Cathedral was in complete darkness and a large lamp hung from the ceiling. After a short service, the bishop ascended the pulpit, pronounced the first of the seven words, left the pulpit and knelt before the altar. The interval was filled by music. The bishop then voiced the second word, then the third, and so on, with the orchestra following on the conclusion of each discourse". And how? With an earthquake. In other words, we are before a micro-opera, the libretto of which is the end of that often-told story. Now, can a string quartet lend itself to mysticism, meditation and, even, the love and fear of God? Definitely! It is Haydn who composes.