Revolt of the Brotherhoods

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Program: #21-24   Air Date: Jun 07, 2021

Carles Magraner and his Capella de Ministers show how the early 16th century rebellion against nobility inspired martial music for the next decades.

N.B.—All of the music on this program is from the boxed set of the latest from Carles Magraner, Germanies It is on the CdM label and is CD 2049.cdm2049_square_69671636
The Revolt of the Brotherhoods: Military Music and Culture in 16th Century Europe.Music and war have been linked together since time immemorial. This relationship can be traced from the simple drum and bugle calls performed by army musicians at the height of battle, to communicate orders or to engender courage (or fear) in the combatants, to the more elaborate pieces composed to instill patriotism, such as military marches, songs of victory and compositions for triumphal parades, staged works and dances such as choreographed sword dances.
In the religious sphere the impact of war, always wrapped in a solemn, moralising tone, has been similarly noteworthy. This CD serves to commemorate the Fifth Centenary of the Revolt of the Brotherhoods, a popular uprising against the nobility – and also against the monarchy itself owing to an increase in taxes – which was instigated by the craftsmen’s guilds in the kingdoms of Valencia and Mallorca between 1519 and 1523.
From the 'Pizzicato' review site: The revolt of the Germanias was an important political event in Valencia and other provinces of Spain. The conflict, which took place at the beginning of the reign of Charles V between 1519 and 1523, accelerated the loss of power of the local noble oligarchy and encouraged the process of centralisation.
The revolt against nobility was also reflected in music. The programme of the Capella de Ministrers highlights both the warlike music and that in which the desire for peace and love is evident. This brings variety in a continuously appealing programme that is as interesting as it is evocative. While bringing an era back to life it is rich in contrast and occupies the mind as well as the imagination.
As always, the members of the Capella de Ministrers under Carles Magraner play and sing at a high level and in perfect harmony and balance.
The CD is presented in book form, and the text booklet contains all the details of the works, explanatory information and also the sung texts in English and French translation.
Revolt of the Germanies (Brotherhoods)

War and peace in the Renaissance

1. Heinrich Isaac (c.1450-1517)

Alla Battaglia


2. Tielman Susato (c.1500-1564) 

Danserye. Passe & Medio, Bergerette: Les Grand Douleurs & Pavane Sur la Bataille


3. Mateo Flecha (c.1481-1553)

El Jubilate


4. Claude Gervaise (1525-1583)

Pavanne & Gaillarde de la Guerre


5. Cristóbal de Morales (1500-1553)

Jubilate Deo


6. Hans Leo Hassler (1564-1612)

Intrada & Gagliarda


7. Mateo Flecha (c.1481-1553)

Todos los buenos soldados. La Guerra


8. Andrea Gabrieli (c.1510-1586)

Aria della Battaglia


9. Orlando di Lassus  (1532-1594)

Da Pacem Domine


10. Michael Praetorius (1571/72-1621)

Terpsichore. Galliarde et Courant de la Guerre, Entrée, Bouree & Courrant de Bataglia


11. Samuel Scheidt (1587-1654)

Suite de Batalla. Paduana Dolorosa & Galliard Battaglia


12. Giovanni Giacomo Gastoldi (1556-1609)

Amor Vittorioso

Composer Info

Heinrich Isaac (c.1450-1517), Tielman Susato (c.1500-1564), Mateo Flecha (c.1481-1553), Claude Gervaise (1525-1583), Cristóbal de Morales (1500-1553), Hans Leo Hassler (1564-1612), Andrea Gabrieli (c.1510-1586), Orlando di Lassus  (1532-1594), Michael Praetorius (1571/72-1621), Samuel Scheidt (1587-1654), Giovanni Giacomo Gastoldi (1556-1609)

CD Info

CD 2049,