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Locura & Tormenta: Spanish and Italian music of the XVIIth century

14 January 2017 @ 8:00 pm

Early Music Society of the Islands Locura & Tormenta: Spanish and Italian music of the XVIIth century

Doors open at 6:45 pm. Pre-concert talk at 7:10 pm.

Raquel Andueza and La Galanía SPAIN

One of Spain’s leading early music ensembles, Raquel Andueza and La Galanía have appeared to great acclaim across Europe. The folk-inspired songs of Spain are contrasted with the emerging Baroque Italian music of Merula, Monteverdi, Barbara Strozzi and others.

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Yo soy la locura – Henry du Bailly (d. 1637)

– Anonymous (XVII c.)

Zarabanda del Catálogo – Text: Anónimo
/ Arrangement: Álvaro Torrente (n. 1963)

Folias – G. Sanz/improv (ca. 1640 – 1710)

Sé que me muero
– Jean Baptiste Lully (1632 – 1687)

La Ausençia
– Anonymous (XVII c.)

Vuestros ojos tienen d’amor – Anonymous (XVII c.)

 – Francisco Gerau (1649 – 1722)

Jácara de la Trena – Text: Francisco Quevedo (1580 – 1645)
(Arrangement: Álvaro Torrente, 1963)


Folle è ben che si crede – Tarquinio Merula (1595 – 1665)

Eraclito amoroso – Barbara Strozzi (1619 – 1664)

Bella mia
– Anonymous (XVII c.)

Toccata arpeggiata – Giovanni G. Kapsberger (1580 – 1651)

Oblivion soave
– Claudio Monteverdi (1567 – 1643)

Caprice de Chacone – Francesco Corbetta (1615 – 1681)

Sdegno campione audace – Virgilio Mazzocchi (1597 – 1646)

Chi vuol ch’il cor gioisca – Pietro P. Capellini (fl. 1641 – 1660)


“Locura & Tormenti”, madness and torments: they usually go together when concerning love. We wanted to bring together these two visceral feelings in a program, which consists of two very different sections.

In the first part, we will perform Spanish music, but also scores with text in Castilian that have been found in 17th century French, English, and Italian collections: songs about love and disaffection, hope and abandonment.

Likewise, we bring some new music to light, created upon the harmonic and rhetorical parameters of two very famous dances of the Spanish baroque: the Zarabande and the Jácara. The Zarabande was already forbidden in 1583 because it was considered an obscene and disgraceful dance, but composers and the greatest men of letters (Cervantes, Góngora, Lope de Vega, etc) continued making use of it and the Zarabanda was hugely popular until the end of the 17th century. All the written music was lost (or destroyed), but not its texts. The Spanish musicologist Álvaro Torrente, one of the greatest specialists of the Spanish 17th century and also expert in literature and rhetoric of that period, has reconstructed for La Galanía one zarabanda of anonymous text, and one jácara with a text by Francisco de Quevedo. In both cases, it can be considered as a reliable and traditional sample of how these dances used to be. In this zarabanda we present a rascal who describes, without a hint of shyness, why he loves all kinds, types, and social position of women; and in the case of the jácara, our protagonist, another rogue of the period, writes a letter to his lover from a Sevillian prison, and he narrates all of his adventures and misfortunes being locked there.

In the second half of the concert, we will move to 17th century Italy, guided by the main composers of the period: Monteverdi, Strozzi, Merula. We show different styles of compositions of the Seicento: strophic songs, like “Folle è ben” and “Bella mia”, melodical constructions upon ground basses, bassi ostinati, that is to say, upon the repetition of the same harmonic pattern, as in the passacaglia “L’Eraclito amoroso” or the ciaccona in “Sdegno campione audace”. We will also bring danses of Neapolitan origin, as the tarantella, in “Chi vuol ch’il cuor gioisca”.

All these love songs alternate with Spanish and Italian traditional dances (folía, canarios and ciaccona), as well as with a wonderful toccata arpeggiata from the theorbo player and composer Giovanni Girolamo Kapsberger.

In conclusion, it is a program from that wonderful century called degli affetti, or “of affections”, to love, dream, cry, and, above all, feel. We really hope you will enjoy it as much as we do performing it on stage. Please, make yourself comfortable. Thank you very much
for coming.

– Raquel Andueza


Ensemble La Galanía

Formed by Raquel Andueza and Jesús Fernández Baena in 2010, La Galanía quickly established itself as one of the most important groups of the Spanish
music scene.

The ensemble specializes in Baroque music from the 17th and 18th century. Its performances are always based on meticulous historical research and performed by accomplished Spanish and foreign musicians, experts in this repertoire.

All the members of the group are also active with other internationally-recognised orchestras and prestigious groups such as Hespèrion XXI, Al Ayre Español, L’Arpeggiata, Orquesta Barroca de Sevilla, Private Musicke, and the Orchestra of the Age of the Enlightenment. The core of the group is soprano Raquel Andueza, regularly invited to perform at prestigious international festivals.

La Galanía made its very successful debut at Pamplona Cathedral with Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater. The group quickly began to appear at the most prestigious concert halls and festivals, including the National Auditorium of Music of Madrid, RheinVokal Festival in Germany, Kultur-Casino Bern, Konzerthaus Berlin, WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne, Saint- Michel-en-Thiérache Abbey, MA Festival Bruges, Royal Palace of La Almudaina in Palma de Mallorca, Aranjuez Festival, Panama City Early Music Festival, Donostia-San Sebastián Musical Fortnight, Festival Van Mechelen, Moscow International Christmas Festival, Bogotá Sacred Music Festival, and Innsbruck Festival amongst others.

In January 2011, their first recording,  Yo soy la locura, was published on the record label Anima e Corpo. Since its release, the album has been enjoying great success, being unanimously conferred the Festclásica award by the Spanish Association of Classical Music Festivals in 2011. In July 2013 the group released Alma Mia, a compilation of the most beautiful opera arias and cantatas by Antonio Cesti, which is also receiving enthusiastic reviews and accolades from the press followed by Pegaso in 2014. Yo soy la locura 2 appeared in 2015.


Raquel Andueza

Born in Pamplona, Raquel Andueza began her musical training at the age of six. Subsequently, a scholarship from the government of Navarre and the Town Hall of London enabled her to go on to train at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London where she was awarded a Bachelor of Music degree with Honours and the School Singing Prize. Afterwards, she met the singing teacher, Richard Levitt, who has been her mentor to date.

Raquel Andueza works regularly with a number of ensembles: L’Arpeggiata, Gli Incogniti, B’Rock, La Tempestad, Al Ayre Español, Orquesta Barroca de Sevilla, El Concierto Español, Private Musicke, Conductus Ensemble, La Real Cámara, Hippocampus, Orphénica Lyra, etc. In 2003 she became a member of the vocal quartet La Colombina. With theorbo player Jesús Fernández Baena she explored XVII century Italian music and in 2010, founded her own ensemble La Galania.

Raquel is currently a soloist at venues in Europe (Paris, Madrid, Barcelona, Brussels, Frankfurt, Utrecht, Prague, Bucarest, Viena, Mexico, Naples, Granada, Minneapolis, Bern, London, Hong Kong, etc). In 2012 she made her New York debut at Carnegie Hall and also at the BBC Proms.

She has performed with conductors William Christie, Fabio Biondi, Emilio Moreno, Jacques Ogg, Monica Huggett, Eduardo López-Banzo, Christina Pluhar, Richard Egarr, Ottavio Dantone, Christian Curnyn, Pablo Heras, Sir Colin Davis, Ramón Encinar amongst others.

Raquel is regularly invited to teach singing courses at the Teatro Real in Madrid and at the universities of Burgos and Alcalá de Henares.

Raquel has made recordings for the labels Virgin Classics, Glossa, K617, NB Musika, Accentus and Zig-Zag Territoires. In 2010 she created her own label, Anima e Corpo, and she released the disc ‘Yo soy la locura’ in January 2011, which obtained the award “Festclásica 2011”, given by the Spanish Association of Classical Music Festivals.



14 January 2017
8:00 pm


Alix Goolden Hall, Victoria Conservatory of Music
907 Pandora Avenue
Victoria, BC V8V 3P4 Canada
250 386-5311


14 January 2017
8:00 pm


Alix Goolden Hall, Victoria Conservatory of Music
907 Pandora Avenue
Victoria, BC V8V 3P4 Canada
250 386-5311