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Jordi Savall puts the soundtrack to Murillo's life

The concert opens in Seville the acts of the fourth centenary of the painter's birth

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Jordi Savall puts the soundtrack to Murillo's life

The Catalan musician and director Jordi Savall is clear that if life of Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (Sevilla, 1617-1682) was a score would be a "polyphonic work." "They would fit voices of ir culture and ir city, of all those characters that he transforms into divinities," he says. The renowned Violagambista has dived in biography and epoch of Sevillian painter to put soundtrack to a period, full 17th century, which musicologist considers "interesting". "It's a very rich music stage, both in Spain and in Europe," he says. In hands of Capella Real de Catalunya and Hespèrion XXI, Savall will offer a concert of ancient music inspired by life of Murillo with which acts of commemoration of fourth centenary of birth of author of works like immaculate Soult are inaugurated. The appointment is on Tuesday 28th at Teatro de la Maestranza in Seville (20.30).

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With compositions by Juan Vásquez, Samuel Scheidt, Alonso Lobo and Francisco Correa de Arauxo, among ors, concert makes a tour of most significant events of life of Murillo, as its birth, march of Velázquez to Madrid, his own trip to The capital, its first important orders, marriage with Beatriz de Cabrera and plague epidemic that struck city. "The symbolic and real connections have been sought for music to give us an idea of what was happening at that time." The project is a musical canvas of epic narrative and life and time of artist, ' explains director. "To his birth, what better work than of poplars I Come, mor, of Vasquez, a popular song of Lovely Love;" "O versa est in luctum, de Lobo, which was interpreted for death of Philip III." The program, which lasts almost an hour and a half, includes music that was sung in city during painter's life.

Chacoa: A la vida bona, by Juan Arañés, will recreate how Murillo began to make a living by making paintings for sale on market; Weeping Nights and Days, by Agustín Mareto, he expresses pain of painter after death of his wife; and Durezze e ligature, by Giovanni Maria Trabaci, will talk about plague epidemic that halved population of Seville. "This [last] episode could not be ignored, Murillo loses one of his children, story is made of happy moments and dramatic moments and music accompanies us in all," says musician.

After experience of putting music to seven paintings by Caravaggio or time of El Greco, Murillo now touches. "With projects like this I enjoy very much." I like to think about music and its relationship with history. They are excuses to better understand story, says Violagambista, who defines Murillo as "a painter who conveys emotion as few artists." "His works condense a meeting of emotion and spirituality that only great masters like him and Caravaggio have culminated." It carries strength of humble people, with all ir humanity and ir tragedy, to religious images. In no or moment of painting human and Divine are given hand as y do in ir canvases, he points. "It is important that we rethink breaking form in which he faced reality of Murillo." Moreover, it is vital that we rethink image we have of him, that deeper in his modernity, in what he was able to transmit, in his sensitivity so characteristic of Baroque, he adds.

The concert of Savall, in collaboration with Fundación Banco Sabadell, inaugurates activities of fourth centenary of painter's birth, which include up to eight exhibitions that will bring toger more than 600 works from Seville.  The first is Murillo and Capuchins of Seville, in Museum of Fine Arts, which reconstruct from this Tuesday composition that artist made for convent of Capuchins. The public will be able to see for first time series to complete thanks to loan of some of pieces that today are not conserved in city, like Jubilee of Portiuncula, main canvas of altarpiece, ceded for occasion by Wallraf-Richartz Museum of Cologne. The following exhibition, Murillo and his stela in Seville, is curated by Benito Navarrete and can be seen from December 6th in area of Santa Clara. The exhibition brings toger 62 works, with some of artist's most original paintings, and seeks to "study wake of its images as auntic survivors over time."

The year Murillo will also host two urban itineraries to know closely life and work of painter in Andalusian capital, concerts, audiovisual programs, outreach activities and a great international Congress on his figure and work. Activities will continue until December 2018.


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