MÚSICA ANTIGA DE GIRONA: is an association that was founded in the year 2000. It is composed of singers, instrumentalists and musicologists with the intention of recovering and disseminating XVII and XVIII century music from the music chapel of Girona cathedral. This chapel was one of the main instruments of ecclesiastical education in Girona society after the Council of Trent. The current chapterhouse archive, when compared to all other Catalan ecclesiastical archives, contains the best preserved musical legacy that bygone generations have left us, thus constituting a valuable tool for the understanding of religious sensitivity and the way faith was experienced in past centuries.

Recovery is based on the digitalization and classifying of the sheet music from the chapter -house archive belonging to the period of time studied, that is from 1690 - the time of the composer Josep Gaz to the death of Rafael Compta in 1815. About 700 scores have been digitalized and classified and approximately 18,000 photographs have been taken. Musical dissemination is based on concerts that take place in the cathedral as well as in other localities, generally in Girona. We dedicate a project to each choirmaster from between 1690 and 1815 that culminates in the publication of the respective CD with a selection of their most interesting works. In this way, we are able to make this music known to a much wider audience, further afield than Girona. At the same time as we preserve these musical works for future generations, our intention is to continue to fill in the gaps in baroque Catalan music. The scope of each one of these projects is rounded off with the publishing of articles in various magazines. Most of this work has been made possible thanks to funding by the Diputació de Girona (Girona Provincial Council).

As a result of the three projects that have already been carried out, we have edited three CDs: the first one being a miscellaneous collection, while the second is dedicated to the time of the napoleonic sieges with compositions by Raphael Compta and Carlos Quilmetes. The third is dedicated to Josep Gaz, who was active in Girona between 1690 and 1713. Each CD is accompanied by a booklet containing details of historical and musical research into the authors and their works as well as information about the sung texts. The explanations are presented in Catalan, Spanish and English. We interpret the compositions with instruments that are replicas of historical ones in an effort to reproduce the characterisitics of baroque sounds as closely as possible. Our goal is to gradually spread the knowledge of these baroque compositors and their influence in a city, that despite its secondary importance in Catalonia, was well situated on the main communication axis running through the country and possessed its own cultural dynamics. Being aware of events in the rest of the country and in Europe Girona, accepted or rejected the influences coming from its neighbours as appropriate. These tendencies were introduced by all kinds of musicians, ranging from court players to exiled religious ones and also included military composers.


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