SOUNDSCAPES OF THE 13TH CENTURY IBERIAN PENINSULA
12 October 2014 | Sunday 3:00 p.m.
Grace St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 2331 E. Adams St., Tucson, Arizona
Thirteenth century Iberia was a place of competing cultures as Muslim Al-Andalus lost ground to the Catholic Reconquista. Christians, Muslims and Jews coexisted in uneasy symbiosis, maintaining their own traditions while incorporating elements from the others. King Alfonso X of Castile and León wrested territory from the caliphate, but his court was a center for science and learning, and he employed Jewish and Muslim musicians and poets. His sister was Abbess of the powerful Cistercian Abbey of Santa Maria la Real de Las Huelgas in Burgos. The Broken Consort’s singers and instrumentalists blend selections from the Cantigas de Santa Maria and the Las Huelgas Codex with evocative and haunting improvisations on the Sephardic and Arabic melodies of Andalusia.
The Broken Consort does not require repair. Unbroken consorts comprise instruments from one family, such as recorders or viols. Broken consorts combine a variety of instruments for different tonal color. Founded by director Emily Lau in 2009, The Broken Consort seeks to unite the power of imagination with scholarship, so that “early music is turned into early magic.”
“The Broken Consort creates a compelling historical scenario without costumes or props, solely through the eloquence of the music they choose, arrange so cannily and perform so well.” –ClevelandClassical.com March 2011