La Tempête fr

La Bomba Flamenca

In 1558, two years after he abdicated in favour of his son Philip II, and retired to the monastery of Yuste (in Extremadura), Charles V organized a false ceremony for his own funeral ! Did he want to be the first man to witness such a moving and solemn moment ? Or was it only a rehearsal in order to control the smooth running of the service and its theatricality? He died a few weeks later, and this time for real !

This imaginary service, reconstructed, is aptly named. It is not in any way a historical reconstruction, but rather the extension of a research process concerning a repertoire that I love. I wanted this imaginary requiem to be the witness of a complex and fascinating era, at the crossroads between the medieval world and that which would represent the great discoveries of the old continent. Building on the structure of an ordinary Requiem Mass, I recreated an alternation of strong musical moments, which took on meaning as a whole and within the dramaturgical arrangement that I developed. My desire was to achieve a kind of immersion in the extraordinarily diverse Spanish musical environment surrounding the death of Charles V. Many musical genres coexisted and different religious rites still coexist even today.

37 artists

Simon-Pierre Bestion
Concept, arrangements, conductor

12 singers
19 instrumentalists

2 violins, 2 violas, 1 double-bass, 4 dulcians and flutes, 3 sackbuts, 2 cornetts, 1 harp, 2 theorboes, 1 harpsichord, percussions

Marianne pelcerf
Lighting design

100 minutes

codex calixtinus (xiith century)
Congaudeant catholici

Clément janequin (1485-1558)
La guerre (extract)

mateo flecha, "el Viejo" (1481-1553)
La Bomba (extract)

pierre de manchicourt (1510-1564)
Introït (extract of the Requiem) 

Luys de Narváez (1500-1555)
Mille regres (El tercero libro del Delphin de musica)

Cristóbal de morales
Kyrie (extract of the Missa Mille regretz, inspired by Josquin Desprez)

Nicolas gombert (1495-1560)
Musae Jovis (in memoriam Josquin Desprez)

cantigas de santa maria (XIIIth century)
Quen na Virgen groriosa

juan del Encina (c. 1505-1557)
Una sañosa porfía (extract of the Cancionero de Palacio)

Llibre vermell de Montserrat (XIVth century)
Ad mortem festinamus

Thomas crecquillon (c.1505-1557)
Mem (extract of the Lamentationes Hieremiae prophetae)

Chant mozarabe (XVth century)
Alleluia ortus (extract of the Cantorales de Cisneros de Toledo)

Pedro de Escobar (c.1460-1529)
Sanctus & Benedictus (extracts of the Requiem)

Marbrianus de Orto (c.1460-1529)
Guimel (extracts of the Lamentationes Hieremia prophetae)

Reginaldus Libert (XVth century)
Agnus Dei (extract of the Missa plenaria de Beata Virgine)

Cantigas de Santa Maria (XIIIth century)
Tod' aquel que pola Virgen

Codx Calixtinus (XIIth century)
Dum esset salvator in monte

Mateo Flecha, "el Viejo" (1481-1553)
El Fuego

Cristóbal de Morales (1500-1553)
Parce mihi, Domine (extract of the Officium defunctorum, requiem for Charles V)

Antonio de cabezón (1510-1566)
Magnificat (inspired by the Fabordone y glosas del primer tono llano)