2022 ends and life begins to focus on the holidays; Christmas becomes the main theme. For this reason, the Third URTEXT Festival closes this year with the concert Los Matins de Navidad of 1658 by Juan Gutiérrez de Padilla, performed by the Angelicum of Puebla, under the direction of Benjamín Juárez Echenique. The appointment is on Sunday, December 4 at 5:00 p.m. in the auditorium of the Franz Mayer Museum.
Christmas carols are a type of musical and literary composition that emerged in the Iberian world at the end of the 16th century and remained profusely until the 17th century, which is why they are known as baroque Christmas carols. They were inserted into the liturgy, generally Christmas, to replace the traditional responses. They have a poetic character, although in many of them there are clear features of theatricality. Its musical composition was carried out by the chapel masters, while the elaboration of the lyrics, that is to say, the poems recited or sung, are generally characterized by their anonymity.
This Sunday, December 4, nine Christmas carols will be heard, belonging to the Sánchez Garza Collection, a CNIDIM archive where thirteen works by Juan Gutiérrez de Padilla have been found, twelve of which are Christmas carols. The last one is the motet ‘Mirabilia Testimonia in eight voices’, based on the text of Psalm 118, performed at the ninth hour of Easter time. Only a part of it is preserved.
They will also perform ‘Oh, what a joke that makes the night’, ‘Tears of a child’, ‘Voices, the ones from the chapel’, ‘Come, don’t stop!’, ‘Romance, why wear flowers?’ , ‘This time I’m mayor’, ‘Negrilla Tamba la gumba’, ‘Calenda, ah, from the land and the mountains!’ and ‘Of the Kings. Answer: The silent sacred truth Hymn Christus natus est nobis: venite adoremus’.
Regarding the musical rescue of Gutiérrez de Padilla, it should be mentioned that four masses and several pieces in Latin have been preserved. But the bulk of his works are made up of Christmas carols, found in two archives; one in the chapter of the Cathedral of Puebla.
Juan Gutiérrez Padilla was born in Málaga, Andalusia, in 1590 and died in Puebla de los Ángeles in 1664. His work is one of the most outstanding of the Spanish Baroque.
As for the conductor, Benjamín Juárez Echenique is a professor emeritus at Boston University’s Faculty of Fine Arts, as well as an orchestra conductor and scholar with more than four decades of experience in the arts. He was Principal Guest Conductor and Assistant Conductor of the Mexico State Symphony Orchestra; associate director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Mexico City; and musical director of the Great Festival of Mexico City. For many years he has given conferences and workshops on music and arts in Mexico and abroad.
He will direct the Angelicum of Puebla in this special concert, Los Matins de Navidad de 1658, with which he will close the Third URTEXT Festival, scheduled from December 1 to 4 at the Emma Godoy Auditorium of the Juan Rulfo Cultural Center, the Manuel M. Ponce of the Palace of Fine Arts and the auditorium of the Franz Mayer Museum. The bet is to provoke a magical encounter between artists and public.
Third Urtext Festival 2022
From Thursday 1 to Sunday 4 December 2022
Emma Godoy Auditorium of the Juan Rulfo Cultural Center
Bell 59, Insurgentes Mixcoac, Benito Juárez, Mexico City, CDMX
Master Conference / Concert
“Mexico, a musical journey”
Latin American Quartet / Benjamín Juárez Echenique, speaker
Manuel M. Ponce Room of the Palace of Fine Arts, Eje Central Lázaro Cárdenas 4, Historic Center, Mexico City
Presentation of the album “Ponce Complete Piano Works Vol. 1&2” Arturo Nieto-Dorantes
Participants: Marisa Canales, Benjamín Juárez and Arturo Nieto-Dorantes
1:00 p.m. Moisés Fernández Via, piano and voice
1999, end and new beginning
6:00 p.m. Edison Quintana. Recognition of his career
Accompanied by Salvador Merchand, drummer / Roberto Aymes, double bassist
Ceremony of delivery of the Ángela Peralta medal
Auditorium of the Franz Mayer Museum, Av. Hidalgo 45, Historic Center, Mexico City
Round table / Facebook live
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
The new generation of Mexican composers
Participants: María Granillo, Ana Lara, Enrico Chapela, Leonardo Coral
Moderator: Marisa Canales
1:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Jaime Márquez and Omán Kaminsky (guitarists)
World premieres of Gabriela Ortiz and Enrico Chapela
5:00 p.m. Lower cloister
Christmas Matins of 1658 by Juan Gutiérrez de Padilla
Angelicus of Puebla
Benjamin Juarez Echenique, director
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