“¡Oh, dulce contemplación!”: Sonnets and villancicos
by Juan Vázquez and Francisco Guerrero
Many unknowns still surround the life of Juan Vázquez. There is uncertainty about his exact date of birth as well as about multiple details of his training and activity. However, there is clear evidence of the recognition he enjoyed at his time, as the admiration of his contemporaries was reflected in numerous works. Moreover, the exceptional fact that he managed to publish three books (which are preserved today) in Spain in that period acts as evidence of his impact on the musical life of both the Iberian Peninsula and Mexico.
Juan Vázquez (c.1510-1560)
¡Ay, ay, ay, ay, que ravio y muero! (4vv)2
Si el pastorcico es nuevo (4vv)2
Zagaleja de lo verde (4vv)2
¡O dulce contemplación! (4vv)2
¡A, hermosa, abrime cara de rosa! (4vv)2
De los álamos vengo, madre (4vv)1 y 2
¿Qué sentís, coraçón mío? (4vv)2
Quien amores tiene, ¿cómo duerme? (4vv)1 y 2
Francisco Guerrero (1528-1599)
Niño Dios, d’amor herido (4vv)3
Pan divino, graçioso (4vv)3
Si tus penas no pruevo (3vv)3
Acaba de matarme (4vv)3
Todo quanto pudo dar (4vv)3
Soledad tengo de ti (4vv)2
Si no os uviera mirado (4vv)2
Covarde caballero (4vv)2
Buscad buen amor (4vv)2
¿De dónde venís, amores? (4vv)2
¿Con qué la lavaré? (4vv)2
En la fuente del rosel (4vv)2
(1) Villancicos y canciones a 3 y 4, Osuna, 1551.
(2) Recopilación de sonetos y villancicos a 4 y 5, Sevilla, 1560.
(3) Canciones y villanescas espirituales, Venecia, 1589.
IN COPRODUCTION WITH CENTRO NACIONAL DE DIFUSIÓN MUSICAL
CONCERT SPONSORED BY FUNDACIÓN CAJA RURAL DE JAÉN
Rocío de Frutos, soprano
Gabriel Díaz, alto
Víctor Sordo, tenor
Javier Cuevas, bass
Vandalia. The name of the group refers to its Andalusian origins, but also to its aim of performing programs of vocal chamber music, with special attention to the Spanish repertoire, from an open and heterodox point of view. A common training and activity during almost a decade under the artistic direction of Lluís Vilamajó, Lambert Climent and Carlos Mena at the Coro Barroco de Andalucía unites the members of this group. Later on, they have developed independent professional careers in foremost early music groups both in Spain and abroad, and have continued to work together in numerous projects.
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