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'Noche de Siglos': Music for the 400th Anniversary of Joan Cererols

Image: Mare de Déu de Montserrat

(Anonymous, Madrid, mid-1600s)

18 Oct 2018, 7.30pm

St James's Roman Catholic Church, Spanish Place

22 George St, Marylebone, London,


Nearest tube: Baker Street, Bond Street, Oxford Circus


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£12 Concessions

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‘Listening to their performances feels like gazing at a pictorical work from the 16th century...’

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Winner of the International Competition of Historic Brass Instruments (Toulouse, 2016), Dichos Diabolos celebrate Catalan composer Joan Cererol’s 400th anniversary with a journey through Spanish Baroque musical patrimony. This typical 17th-century Hispanic ensemble, featuring cornett, violin, viola da gamba, bajones and organ, joins a solo singer to perform a selection of works by Spanish seicento composers.

Joan Cererols (Martorell 1618 - Montserrat 1680) lived during one of the most turbulent times in the history of Catalonia and Europe. The year of his birth saw the beginning of the Thirty Years' War, and he was not even 20 when the Reaper’s War (Guerra dels Segadors) broke out. The use of the Spanish language became a customary instrument in literary and musical culture during this
time. However, it was also one of the periods of greatest splendour in the history of Catalan music. Cultural exchange with France, Genoa, Naples and Sicily, which was ever on the increase, and the influence of the great musicians of the Royal Chapel were key in developing a fascinating and subtle repertoire. The most rigorous Palestrinian counterpoint coexisted with great showcases of polychorality and the seconda prattica’s avant-garde style.


This programme represents a journey through Joan Cererols’ life, showcasing a selection of his own music alongside pieces by other composers he knew and collaborated with. It includes strictly liturgical works as well as paraliturgical ones (villancicos): where we find perhaps the most experimental and innovative aspects of this repertoire.

Joan Cererols Missa Martyrium: ‘Gloria’ | Son tus bellos ojos soles | Serafín, que con dulce harmonía

Joan Pau Pujol Amor, cuando yo pienso

Sebastián Durón Vaya pues rompiendo el ayre

Bartolomeo de Selma y Salaverde Canzoni fantasie et correnti, Venice 1638: ‘Vestiva i colli passeggiato’

Juan Hidalgo Quedito, pasito

Pablo Bruna Tiento 1º tono mano derecha

Mateo Romero Ay, que me muero de zelos

Gabriel Manalt Gaitilla de mano izquierda 8º tono

Carlos Patiño Maria, Mater Dei

Dichos Diabolos

Organised by ILAMS in collaboration with the Instituto Cervantes, with the kind support of St James's Roman Catholic Church and Acción Cultural Española (AC/E) PICE Mobility Grants (Programme for the Internationalisation of Spanish Culture)

SNEAK PEEK! Dichos Diabolos perform Cererols

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