Early Music in Spain: Note from Vicente Parrilla

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July
2011

Vicente Parrilla's recorders (photo: courtesy of the artist)

In response to my post the other day about young ensembles in Spain, Vicente Parrilla, recorder player and director of More Hispano, sent me an email with some thoughts about the scene in his country.

I think there are very interesting ideas behind your post’s main subject. When [a major festival] director visited me in Seville back in 2008, he already had this idea on mind, and he went even further by stating that he had the impression that Early Music in northern Europe was having some kind of decline, and people was starting to look more and more towards the south. That was also part of A. Kozinn’s NYT review, funny enough.

What’s true is that Spain has now a brilliant generation of young Early Music professional musicians, some of which I’d dare to classify as dangerous virtuosi—which is Early Music etiquette (something I personally hate) for ‘dangerous motherfuckers’, as Miles Davis would put it when referring to extraordinary musicians.

And it’s not about making a lot of records or working a lot on marketing, photos, etc. (something really hard today, considering current worldwide economy): I’m talking about people who *really* can play their instruments and are even challenging older, well established generations of performers—the fathers of Early Music, let’s say—in terms of instrumental technique and interpretative ideas.

Here’s a video of More Hispano recording a track from their latest CD, Glosas.

  • Passacaglia (improvisation)

Watch:

[Many thanks to Vicente for permission to publish his email.]

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