Baltimore Consort: Program Notes

Notes on the Program

Today’s concert takes us on a musical journey through the fascinating intercultural history of late 15th century Spain. For nearly eight centuries, Muslims and Christians lived together on the Iberian Peninsula through alternating periods of peace and conflict. There were large Jewish communities in the Christian kingdoms of Castille, Aragon, and Navarre, as well as in the Moorish caliphates of al’Andalus. Paintings from the court of Alfonso X depict Christian, Jewish, and Arabic musicians playing together. Continue reading

BALTIMORE CONSORT Program Selections


Morena me llaman Anonymous Sephardic
Avrix me galanica Anonymous Sephardic

La Spagna Anonymous 15th c.
Recercada La Spagna (Trattado de Glosas, 1553) Diego Ortiz
Danza Alta (Cancionero de Palacio, ca.1505) Francisco de la Torre

¿Qu’es de ti, desconsolado? (Cancionero de Palacio) Juan del Encina (1468-1529)
Levanta, Pascual (Cancionero de Palacio) Encina
Ora baila tú (Cancionero de Palacio) Anonymous
Calabaça, No sé, buen amor (Cancionero de Palacio) Anonymous

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Free Family Concert

Saturday, May 12, 2007 at 11 am
The Ballad of Count Claros
Latham Hall, Christ Church Cathedral
1117 Texas

“Conde Claros” is a 15th century Spanish romanceros which tells the story of noble Count Claros who falls in love with the daughter of the king, the princess Clara Niña. She also loves him and they decide to marry each other in secret. A wicked servant learns of their marriage, and tells the king. When the king learns of it he is furious, and orders the arrest of Count Claros, who tries to flee, but he is captured at the gates of the city. All the court agrees on his punishment: death. The count is taken to the main square, where the scaffold is set up which will end his life. The people all come out to watch, but at the last minute the princess Clara Niña comes running to try to save her beloved’s life.

Ex Umbris presents this tale of love and betrayal with songs and dances heard in the streets of 16th century Spain, Children in the audience join in the singing and dancing. Singing in Spanish and English to the sound of the vihuela, harp, guitar, viol, recorder, flute, shawm, sackbut, and pipe and tabor, Ex Umbris evokes the musical richness of Renaissance Spain.

CHACONA: Dancing in the Shadow of the Cross

Ex Umbris

8:00 p.m., Saturday, May 12, 2007
First Evangelical Lutheran Church
1311 Holman (at Caroline) | Map

7:00 p.m. free pre-concert talk.

CHACONA: Dancing in the Shadow of the Cross

For the final concert of Houston Early Music’s season, the period-instrument ensemble Ex Umbris will perform Chacona: Dancing in the Shadow of the Cross. The program of songs, ballads and dances from Spanish dominions at the time of the Inquisition includes Arab and Jewish melodies and a portion of “The Ballad of Count Claros.”

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