Humorous and Dramatic Stories
in Spanish Songs and Ensaladas

Monday 31. 07. 2023 | 20.00 Troja Château
U Trojského zámku 1, Prague 7
With intermission


Mateo Flecha el Viejo (1481–1553)
El Fuego (selection)
La Bomba (selection)
La Guerra (selection)
La Justa (selection)
Que farem del pobre Joan
Teresica hermana
Bartomeu Cárceres (fl. 1546)
Sus, sus, sus
Soleta so jo ací
Falalalán, falalalera
Riu riu chiu
Yo me soy la morenica
Juan del Encina (1468 – ca 1529)
Oy comamos
Más vale trocar
¡Cucú, cucú!
Diego Ortiz (ca 1510–1570)
Recercada quarta sobre La Folía
Antonio de Cabezón (ca 1510–1566)
Diferencias sobre „El canto llano del Caballero“
Luis de Narváez (fl. 1526–1549)
Diferencias sobre „Guárdame las vacas“


Inés Alonso – soprano
Oriol Guimerà – alto
Jorge Losana – tenor and artistic director
Víctor Cruz – bass

Marc de la Linde – viola da gamba
Pablo FitzGerald – vihuela
Joan Seguí – positive organ


The Muse of Music and Lyric Poetry, Euterpe, will be the patron of the concert of the vocal ensemble Cantoría, which will be accompanied by three instrumentalists in the Imperial Hall of Troja Chateau. The name of this Muse could be translated as “well-pleasing” or “giving delight” – and that is exactly what the interpretation of the lively Spanish quartet will be.
The charming, witty, yet dramatic programme is based on purely Spanish musical forms – the famous ensaladas (i.e. salads) and villancicos. These pieces tend to be programmatic and their theme is usually a struggle, in which, of course, good always triumphs over evil. While we know the villancicos mainly from three large songbooks known as cancioneros, dating from the 16th century, we can find a Czech connection in the ensaladas. The most famous ensaladas of Matteo Flecha Sr. were published in Prague in 1581. The concert of the Cantoría ensemble will remind us of the importance of Prague as a cultural centre at the end of the 16th century.


Troja Château

U Trojského zámku 1, Prague 7

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Partners of the concert

The concert is held with the kind support of the Embassy of Spain in Prague, Acción Cultural Española (AC/E) and Prague 7 City District and in collaboration with the Prague City Gallery.