“Schola Gregoriana Assisiensis” & “Armoniosoincanto”

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Conductor p. Maurizio Verde OFM, Franco Radicchia

Julian von Speir           Officium Sancti Patris nostri Francisci – In II Vesperis

The “Schola Gregoriana Assisiensis” is a vocal ensemble, consisting of only male voices, dedicated to the study and liturgical and concert execution of monodic liturgical repertoires of Christian medieval Europe (Gregorian chant, Ambrosian chant, antique Roman chant) and of polyphonic repertoires of the same period (especially Ars Antiqua), then expanding to Renaissance polyphony, again performed by only male voices. The group consists, in the most part, of professionals from different musical environments: they include Gregorianists, singers, choir directors, composers, organists, both lay and religious.

Its members, together with their own musical activity, in recent years have matured an experience of study and passion for sacred and liturgical medieval vocal repertoires, dedicating themselves to an ever greater understanding of execution praxis even based on recent semiological and scientific studies. Founded in Assisi, the “Schola Gregoriana Assisiensis” is based at the Papal Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli, which has always been entrusted to the care of the Friars Minor of the Seraphic Province of Umbria.

It is intended to revive the centuries-old tradition of the practice and study of Gregorian Chant established in particular at the Basilica, also thanks to the uninterrupted group of Friars who have studied Gregorian Chant at the Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music in Rome (including the founder of the Schola itself, Fr. Maurizio Verde). Its members (between 6 and 10 people) are, for the most part, Umbrians, though the help of executors and Gregorianists from other parts of Italy as external collaborators is not rare. Fr. Maurizio Verde and Fr. Matteo Ferraldeschi are founders and co-directors. Both studied Gregorian chant at the Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music in Rome with Maestros G. Baroffio, F. Prassl, A. Turco, N. Alba- rosa, D. Saulnier.

They give concerts and recently (June 2013 and January 2014) were invited by TV2000 to present some Gregorian chant pieces during twenty episodes of the broadcast “In the heart of Sunday”, edited by S. Magister.

“Armoniosoincanto” Vocal Group, founded in 1997 it is formed of variable members with prominently female voices seeking a vocal purity as close as possible to the authentic interpretation of medieval and Renaissance music. The study of the pure vocal technique is characterised by the linearity and timbric particularity of the voices which communicate a specific transparency and a sound which revives the very essence of prayer and the word of the sacred texts amplified by antique melodies. The research regards music taken from antique Codexes of the Carolingian age, from medieval Laudarios and from antique liturgical and non-liturgical texts of the Middle Ages with special reference to those of Umbria and Tuscany. In 2010, they won first prize for the category Christian Monodic Chant at the Int. Contest Guido D’Arezzo and honourable mention for the most intriguing musical research program, which are added to the other awards again at the “G. D’Arezzo” competition in 2002 and in 2006, as well as second place at “Seghizzi” of Gorizia cat. Gregorian Chant in 2001. They carry out an intense concert activity in Italy and abroad, including Sweden, Belgium, France, Hungary, Austria and in the United States. To consolidate the research and study work, the Association organises Gregorian Chant and antique music seminars with experts in the field. It recorded CDs with the Tactus, Bongiovanni and Amiata Records record labels: the Rhythmic Office of St. Francis of Assisi, O Roma Nobilis, Pilgrimage songs, Ave Donna Santissima, Musical itinerary on the Madonna in the Middle Ages and Requiem in collaboration with the Mancuso Brothers. Recently 2 CDs have been released: La Sapienza di Rosvita, music by F. Sulpizi; the oratory La Beata Angela da Foligno, music by Carlo Pedini. They often collaborate with famous musicians that have premièred works by Sulpizi, Pedini, Battista Lena, Enrico Miaroma and Raffaele Sargenti.

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