Piazza del Duomo
On November 11th, 2017 at 8.30 pm the Cathedral of Pisa will host the concert 'Pulifunie corse. Sacred places. ' The protagonist of the evening is the Sacred Music race, performed by the 'A Cumpagnia' ensemble, which will propose to the Italian public some sacred traditional compositions of the island. The concert, organized by Éditions Albiana, is free entrance until seats are sold out.
Traditional music is being studied by musicians and scholars of a real rediscovery that in recent years has led to re-evaluating and trying to make this heritage extremely rich and interesting beyond borders.
Among the traditional compositions, 'Paghjella' was declared in 2009 the immaterial patrimony of Unesco humanity. The concert is therefore a rare and precious opportunity to discover, in the splendid context of the Cathedral of Pisa, this notoriously known musical tradition.
Some sacred compositions from both the popular repertoire and the Franciscan repertoire of the 16th and 17th centuries are scheduled for the Pisan concert.
Les Chants' of the 'Semaine Sainte' will be performed, songs related to what is the time of religious and popular communion most important of the race society, the Holy Week; the Mass of Rusiu, the Mass of Sant'Amanza and God saved you Queen, a song devoted to the Virgin Mary, adopted as the national anthem of Corsica since 1735, when the independence of the nation was proclaimed under the protection of the Virgin Mary.
The ensemble 'A Cumpagnia' was born in 1978, with the idea of giving continuity and substance to the research started by the association. These are voices, polyphonic or monophonic, which give us the repertoire of sacred songs, both folk and Franciscan, and of profane songs such as Paghjella, Madrigal, Terzetti, lamentations and love songs.
'Cumpagnia' uses the traditional instruments of Corsica, such as the cetera (the cetra race, disused in the early '900), the pivana, the cymbals, the timpanu and the cassette (percussion).
To the traditional ones, the ensemble also combines classical instruments such as violin, clarinet or trumpet, which musicians play in a special way, enriching the color and the timbre of the voices.
The Singing of the Holy Week
'Via Crucis, metastasio station' - 4 voices chorus - Traditional song (arranged by Jérôme Casalonga)
'Stabat Mater' - 3-voice polyphony, dedicated to the Virgin (originally from Calvi and Corbara, in Balagna) - Traditional song
'Forgive my Diu' - 4 voices polyphony (originally from Aregnu and Sartene)
'Miseremini mei' - 4 chorus choir (originally from Sartene) - Franciscan repertoire
'Praise of u Sepolcru' - (originating from Tagliu) - Traditional polyphony
Franciscan Repertory of the 16th and 17th Centuries
'Requiem' - Mass of Requiem is from a manuscript of the Franciscan monastery of Calacuccia - Franciscan Repertory
'Kyrie' - Mass of Requiem is a manuscript of the Franciscan convent of Calacuccia - Franciscan Repertory
'Sanctus' - Mass of Requiem is from a manuscript of the Franciscan monastery of Calacuccia - Franciscan repertoire
'Tota Pulchra' - Singing to the Virgin
'Tantum Ergo' - 4 voice voices, 16th century singing from the convent of Alzipratu, ancient library of Pasquale Paoli - Franciscan repertoire
'Veni Creator' - 3 voice voices, 16th century singing from the convent of Alzipratu, ancient library of Pasquale Paoli - Franciscan repertoire