Donosti Ereski Gregoriar Schola It is known by this name since 1971, although, really, it has its origin in the School of Tiples and in the Choir “Sine Nómine” of the parish of San Vicente de San Sebastián (Basque Country), led then by the excellent musician, educator and priest: Gelasio Aranburu Alkain (1896-1968), with whom the titular organists Luis Urteaga Iturrioz and his successor Joaquin Pildain Araolaza collaborated.
This group composed of lay people has cultivated for many years the traditional Gregorian repertoire, that of the “Liber Usualis”, based on the Benedictine interpretation of Solesmes.
In recent years, however, we are working more intensely “our Gregorian”, the Gregorian found in Codices and books of Gipuzkoa. We have been able to observe in what sad situation of forgetfulness, abandonment and cornering are “our” Cantorals / Codices for Facistol that are part of the Cultural Heritage of Gipuzkoa. Aware of the contribution of local traditions to the flow of Gregorian chant, the group Donosti Ereski has decided to carry out this work of recovery, research and transmission so that society has the opportunity to know and enjoy this treasure.
In this way, we have recovered the own evening office of the Benedicta that has been sung for more than 450 years until fifty years ago in the sanctuary of Arantzazu; as well as a selection of the extensive work of our “maishuba” (teacher), José Juan Santesteban.
We have just released our fourth studio album, dedicated entirely to the Gipuzkoan codices / songs of the last 400 years. This work contains melodies from several books that represent the plain song of three different centuries: the Codex of Oñati (1614), the Codex of Azkoitia (1772), written in the Dominican monastery of San Telmo de Donostia by this order of preachers (both preserved in the Diocesan Historical Archive of Donostia) and, finally, a book written in 1828 by Juan Manuel Larrarte, organist and teacher of Hernani, which is preserved in the parish of Hondarribia. These melodies are part of the sound richness displayed in the churches of Gipuzkoa throughout the last 500 years.
This year 2019, we are dedicating it to the Codices and Songs of the convents of Oñati: Bidaurreta and Santa Ana. In these convents we have found 24 Cantorales, and the most interesting work we will have this year, will be to analyze said Cantorales.
The first book that we have had access to belongs to Bidaurreta and this Cantoral wrote it as a choir vicar, and that is how it was written at the beginning of it, SOR MARIA MAGDALENA DE LA ESCLAVITUD the year 1697.
Said Cantoral collects 14 offices according to the annotation of the nuns.
Offices especially dedicated to Franciscan saints: San Francisco, Santa Clara, San Antonio de Padua, Santa Eulalia … etc.
The Gregorian Schola has offered numerous concerts, both in Euskal Herria and in other towns of the Spanish State, namely: during the Donostia Musical Fortnight, in the “Old Music” section, in the monastery of Arantzazu (2001), in the “Hermitage of the Christ of the Calvary” of Mutriku (2004), in the Hermitage of Guadalupe of Hondarribia (2006) and in the church of San Vicente de Donostia (2018); in the cathedral of Baiona, in Iruñea-Pamplona, in the music festival of Santander, in the “International Gregorian Days” of Avila, in Cuenca, in Torroella de Montgri, in Santo Domingo de la Calzada, in Artieda, in Hernani, Segura, Errenteria, Pasaia … etc., At the “II Festival of Sacred Art” of Dax, at the “International Festival of Gregorian Music” of Bratislava (Slovakia) … .as well as at the “International Choir Contest” of Toulouse in where he got the Gold and Silver Medals in the modality of Gregorian Chant.
Direttore Jokin Otamendi Azurmendi
Organo Felix Txoperena
Gregoriano Franciscus vir catholicus *
Franciscus evangelicum *
O stupor et gaudium *
Franciscus ut in publicum *
Lætabundus Francisco decantet *
Alleluia. Tota pulchra es *
Otaño O quam amabilis
E. Ibargutxi Zure babesera
* dal “Cantoral de Convento Santa Clara” (1697 ) – Oñati