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Ensemble Elyma

Lucie Skeaping presents a concert of Latin American music from Ensemble Elyma at Greyfriars' Kirk in Edinburgh - an attempt to reconstruct the sound of a Bolivian colonial fiesta.

Lucie Skeaping presents a concert of Latin American music from Ensemble Elyma at Greyfriars' Kirk in Edinburgh, as part of the 2010 Edinburgh International Festival. This concert attempts the impossible: to reconstruct the sound of a colonial fiesta, in this case the Fest of Our Lady of Guadelupe, in the city of La Plata (also called Chuquisaca, and now known as Sucre, in Bolivia).

The Latin American fiesta was, and remains the meeting-point par excellence of a variety of cultures, practices, expressions and people. It takes place under the guise of a religious celebration, but it is open to other kinds of expression and sometimes generates cultural tensions and contradictions. The openness of the fiesta blurs the boundaries between sacred and profane, individual and collective, and momentarily lifts social and moral barriers. In other words, the fiesta creates a space and a time that are qualitatively distinct. Much that is impossible in everyday life may become a reality during the fiesta.

By the 18th Century, the Guadelupe festivities lasted for ten days and included a striking succession of events of various kinds. On the eve of the feast, the picture of Our Lady of Guadelupe was removed from its chapel and brought into the cathedral, where it remained until the end of the celebrations. For the next ten days, Masses were said almost without interruption all through the morning and daily Salve services were sung in the afternoon. The latter consisted of a Latin or bilingual Salve Regina, the Litany of Loretom and sometimes also a motet of villancico. This concert comprises four of these services, all of which present one or two large pieces by the composer Roque Jacinto de Chavarria, as well as smaller motets or villancicos.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Anonymous Peruvian transcribed Martinez Compañon

    Cachua al Nacimiento

    Performers: Ensemble Elyma, Gabriel Garrido (director)

    • BBC RECORDING.
  • Anon.

    Angeles, al facistol! (Villancico)

    Performers: Ensemble Elyma, Gabriel Garrido (director)

    • BBC RECORDING.
  • Andrés Flores

    Tota pulchra es, Maria

    Performers: Ensemble Elyma, Gabriel Garrido (director)

    • BBC RECORDING.
  • Roque Jacinto de Chavarria

    Allegra, risa, ha!

    Performers: Ensemble Elyma, Gabriel Garrido (director)

    • BBC RECORDING.
  • Anonymous transc. Martinez Compañon

    Cachua serranita

    Performers: Ensemble Elyma, Gabriel Garrido (director)

    • BBC RECORDING.
  • Roque Jacinto de Chavarria

    Silgueritos risueños (Villancico)

    Performers: Ensemble Elyma, Gabriel Garrido (director)

    • BBC RECORDING.
  • Roque Jacinto de Chavarria

    Pajarillos, madrugad! (Salve)

    Performers: Ensemble Elyma, Gabriel Garrido (director)

    • BBC RECORDING.
  • Anonymous transc. Melchior Mercado

    La matutina estrella (Hymn)

    Performers: Ensemble Elyma, Gabriel Garrido (director)

    • BBC RECORDING.
  • Roque Jacinto de Chavarria

    Oigan las fiestas de toros (Villancico)

    Performers: Ensemble Elyma, Gabriel Garrido (director)

    • BBC RECORDING.
  • Anonymous attrib. Blas Tardio de Guzman

    Salve Regina

    Performers: Ensemble Elyma, Gabriel Garrido (director)

    • BBC RECORDING.
  • Anonymous transc. Martinez Compañon

    Lanchas para bailar

    Performers: Ensemble Elyma, Gabriel Garrido (director)

    • BBC RECORDING.

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