Commedia Harmonica of Assisi is a vocal group founded in order to spread the love for choral music, presented not only through concerts, but as a proposal which gathers all scenic arts in a new and fascinating spectacular elaboration: with music as the prime moment, but always seen (or better yet listened to) with poetry, literature, theatre and dance. This is why Commedia often has collaborated in recent years in the production of shows and events, and even in “normal” concerts but often with theatrical aspects, which act as a leading theme in choral execution. Its members form a group of polyphonic voices reared since infancy in the love for song, fostered and grown in the musical atmosphere and fervour of the choral environments of the city of Assisi, especially dedicated to the study and performance of antique music, from Gregorian chant to classical polyphony. In tribute to the antique choral tradition, the group has no director, but takes advantage of the experience and capacity of its more expert members as “mastricantori” (master-singers), first of all the baritone Umberto Rinaldi.
Among the most prominent projects, we recall the re-proposal in a new form – with a scenic theatrical representation – for the first time in modern times of some madrigal comedies from the early 17th century. The project, started in 2006 with the production of “L’Anfi-parnaso” by O. Vecchi, continued in 2008 with “Le Veglie di Siena” by the same Vecchi and in 2010 “La Barca di Venetia per Padova” by A. Banchieri for the Festival Segni Barocchi in Foligno.
Noteworthy too is their approach to the sacred music of the 17th century, with the execution of the “Missa Sine Nomine” by G.P. da Palestrina, in a 6-voice transcription, and the “Miserere” by G. Allegri. In 2008, they performed the “Messa Laudato Sempre Sia” of E. Tesorieri, commissioned by the Ente Giostra della Quintana di Foligno, in a first unedited critical edition after approximately 400 years from its original execution. Among the absolute firsts, the “Magnificat” by G. Troiano taken from the “Codexes of the Archive of the Cathedral of Spoleto” in the transcription by A. Innocenzi. Again for sacred music, the group also initiated an approach to the music of the 1900s and contemporary music with the execution of the ”l’Oratorio di Natale op. 12” by C. Saint Saens, immediately followed by the “Requiem op. 48” by G. Fauré.
Among the most current cultural events, we recall the concert/show dedicated to the Italian music of C. A. Bixio, with songs taken from movies from the 1940’s, the “Readings from the Divina Commedia” in partnership with actor Claudio Carini and a tribute to the Beatles, with a 4-voice arrangement of the hits of the Liverpool quartet.
Each year since 2012, the Association has been organising the Calendimaggio Serenade Composition Contest, dedicated to the antique Assisi tradition of popular serenades.
Direttore Umberto Rinaldi
Pianoforte Emiliano Piermatti
Anonimo XIV sec Coprifoco – Inno Comunale di Assisi
De Lucia Nella notte buia e nera
Anonimo napoletano Tiritomba
La fiera di Mastr’André
Laudario di Cortona Sia laudato San Francesco
Riz Ortolani Dolce sentire
John Lennon Imagine