Triste Espagna sin ventura

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Program: #09-07   Air Date: Feb 09, 2009

Like the Cancionero de Palacio, the Cancionero de Upsala (named for the library where it is kept) was a collection of popular song of the mid-16th century; the ensemble Le Poeme Harmonique brings it to life.

We continue our long and fruitful association with our partners at Radio Netherlands in presenting a series of concerts from the 2008 Holland Festival of Early Music at Utrecht.

We will also direct listeners to their web site, which will provide more in-depth information about the music and performers we hear as well as more information about the festival ( The primary theme for 2008 was the Golden Age in Spain.

Note: All of the music on this program was performed by the ensemble Le Poème Harmonique, Vincent Dumestre, conductor. For more information about this ensemble:

Triste España sin ventura: Encina, Cancionero de Upsala

Le Poème Harmonique, after their memorable Festival productions of Lully’s Le bourgeois gentilhomme and Marazzoli’s La Vita humana, hardly needs an introduction. This new programme featuring villancicos and other genres of secular and semi-liturgical texts is titled ‘Triste España sin ventura’, but it isn’t all darkness and tears. One needs to note contrasting works as ‘Ay triste que vengo’ (about a spurned lover) and the merry drinking song ‘Hoy comamos y bebamos’: ‘let’s eat and drink and have fun, because tomorrow is the beginning of Lent.’ Some of the anonymous villancicos are taken from the Cancionero de Upsala (1556), a collection named after the library where it is kept, but actually put together by the duke of Calabria, in southern Italy. An ensemble of seven players support a vocal cast of five, among whom we find soprano Claire Lefilliâtre and tenor Jan Van Elsacker.

1 Juan del Encina 1468-1530
Triste España sin ventura!, romance ("Unhappy Spain, without joy"--Lament for the death of Prince Juan, 1497)

Hoy comamos y bebamos, villancico ("Let us eat and drink and be merry")
(from: Cancionero de Upsala, Venice, 1556)
appl. 0’20

2 Anonymus
Ay luna que reluces (O shining moon, all night long you give me light")

(from: Cancionero de Upsala)

Anonymus 17th century

Para tener nochebuena

Bartolomé Carceres ? active middle 16th century


(from: Cancionero de Upsala)

3 Cabézon (after Cipriano de Rore)

Anchor che col partire ("Even though when I part from you, it is a kind of dying")


Canario instrumental

Diego Fernández de Huete 1633/43-1713

Espagnoleta, Canario, Folía instrumental

4 Anonymus
Bailan los pastores

Juan del Encina
Ay triste que vengo ("Alas, sad you see me")

5 Anonymus

Con que la lavaré instrumental
(from: Cancionero de Upsala)


No so yo

(from: Cancionero de Upsala)

Juan del Encina
Fata la parte, villancico ("Tell it everywhere, M. Cotal's wife is dead")

Luis de Briçeño active beginning 17th century
La gran chacona

6 Anonymus

Chacona (intro and entre’acte)

Anthonie Boësset

Una musica

7 Anonymus
Sarabanda ‘Nos esprits libres & contents’


Composer Info

Juan del Encina 1468-1530, Cabézon,

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