A Passion for the people. The Passion according to Matthew by Francesco Corteccia

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Address: via San Gallo 25/a , Florence

Date: Thursday 10 June 2021


THURSDAY 10 JUNE 2021, 5.45 pm

A Passion for the people

The Passion according to Matthew by Francesco Corteccia

Presentation of the CD

( first ever record )

with live music


Pietro Bartolini

Gabriele Giacomelli

Fabio Lombardo

Elisabetta Torselli

L'Homme Armé (Andrés Montilla Acurero, Paolo Fanciullacci, Riccardo Pisani, Gabriele Lombardi)

Giuseppe Scali, EMA Vinci

Thursday 10 June at 5.45 pm at the Auditorium di Sant'Apollonia (via San Gallo 25, Florence; free admission upon reservation , to be made directly on the website www.hommearme.it ) The L'Homme Armé Association presents A Passion for the people . The Passion according to Matthew by Francesco Corteccia, the first recording, published by EMA Vinci, in the world of the unprecedented Passion according to Matthew by the favorite musician of Grand Duke Cosimo I. Speakers are the actor Pietro Bartolini, Gabriele Giacomelli, Fabio Lombardo (director of the Ensemble L'Homme Armé), the musicologist Elisabetta Torselli, the soloists of L'Homme Armé (Andrés Montilla Acurero, Paolo Fanciullacci, Riccardo Pisani, Gabriele Lombardi) and Giuseppe Scali (EMA Vinci).

The event takes place in compliance with the anti-covid legislation and is therefore limited to places; reservations are therefore recommended, to be made by filling out a form on the website www.hommearme.it . Reservations will be interrupted once the limit of available seats has been reached: it is therefore also recommended to cancel it, in case you plan not to come, in order to be able to leave the place to other aspiring spectators. For information, you can write to informazioni@hommearme.it

At the turn of the twenties and thirties of the sixteenth century, the young Medici musician composed two passions. The Passion according to Matthew, from 1532, is still unpublished to this day : the transcription was made by Fabio Lombardo directly from the manuscript kept at the Opera del Duomo. A beautiful example of the particular Florentine style that was developing in those years parallel to the invention of the madrigal. It is the first example in the history of polyphonic passion , elaborated in a musical language yet easily intelligible, probably with inserts spoken in the vernacular and a political significance in which the faithful of the time, as we will explain later, could easily identify themselves.

The recording was made in April 2021, also thanks to the contribution of music enthusiasts and fans of L'Homme Armé who joined the fundraising on Gofundme, which reached the set goal.

The staff is made up of singers who took part in the public performance of 2019: Gabriele Lombardi, Riccardo Pisani, Andrès Montilla-Acurero, Paolo Fanciullacci, with the participation of another highly selected group of male voices. The Ensemble is directed by Fabio Lombardo. The reciting voice is that of the actor Pietro Bartolini.

The idea behind this recording stems from the exhumation from the manuscript (in the Archive of Santa Maria del Fiore) of the Passion according to Matthew: the story of the Passion of Christ is one of the culminating moments of the Easter liturgy, which between Palm Sunday and Good Friday is presented in the various versions reported by the four evangelists. This narration, which in the traditional liturgy was made by means of the ancient psalmody, appears for the first time in the example of Corteccia in a polyphonic version, in the new musical style that was developing in Florence in those years. This style, simple and intense, attempts to make the Gospel narrative more dramatic, which, although part of the liturgical rite, constituted one of the most followed moments even by the Florentine people. The two Passions of Corteccia, the one according to Giovanni (1527) and the one according to Matthew (1532), come to life in a particularly troubled moment of city life: the expulsion of the Medici, the third Republic, the plague, the siege of the imperial troops, the capitulation for treason, the rescue from the sack by Clement VII, and the definitive return of the Medici with the post of first duke to Alessandro il Moro. Without forgetting a new wave of Savonarolian spirit. If the polyphonic style can be seen as a legacy of the rich Florentine musical tradition, then an essentially elite style, the particular style that Corteccia uses in these Passions has a peculiar simplicity that makes it an effective tool for the enunciation of text. All the more so if we consider that, according to a musicological hypothesis, the non-polyphonic parts of the evangelist were probably read aloud and in the vernacular. All this made the Gospel narrative particularly immediate and comprehensible even to the less cultured listeners. If we then consider that Matthew's version is the most political of the four, we can imagine how this narrative could impress the people, who in those years were experiencing their own form of ordeal due to the various political troubles.


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