Voices, space, charm of harmonious places
Cantar Lontano is an ambitious project launched in 1999 to investigate and spread the seventeenth-century vocal practice of “cantar lontano”. The origins of this technique are rooted in the Italian region of Marche at the beginning of the seventeenth century. In 1612 Ignazio Donati’s treatise Sacri concentus was published in Venice ; in it the author described the techniques and execution praxis of “cantar lontano”. By way of strategic positioning within the church space and by keeping precise distances among them in the choirs and with respect to the organ, singers were able to overcome the difficulties of performing polyphonic music, such as the perceived delay of the sound. With their singing they created spectacular stereo or surround-sound effects long before modern technology obtained them. The setting and the acoustic characteristics of sacred architecture were ideal for performing vocal and instrumental music. The “cantar lontano” explained by Donati became common praxis in the ecclesial communities of the Marche region until the beginning of the nineteenth century. The Cantar Lontano project now wishes to rediscover, enhance and spread the “cantar lontano” technique by studying this praxis with a scientific and philological method on one hand, and by sharing out the outcomes of this research through concerts, musical recordings and other public events on the other.
Cantar Lontano Festival : a yearly event taking place during the last two weekends in June in the churches and the special locations of the province of Ancona (Marche, Italy) : a rich agenda of concerts featuring singers and musicians specialised in seventeenth-century music, who bestow special attention to the performing practice of sacred vocal repertoire from the early-Baroque period. The musicians play period instruments or copies of them. The Festival is the climax of Cantar Lontano’s research : when people and music meet.
Marco Mencoboni was born in 1961 in Macerata (Marche, Italy). He is a harpsichord and organ player, conductor and director of the Cantar Lontano vocal ensemble. His unwavering philological research led him to rediscover and promote the “cantar lontano” performing practice. Since 1999 he has been artistic director of the Cantar Lontano Festival. He created and manages the record label E lucevan le stelle records.
Cantar Lontano vocal ensemble : its members are singers and musicians able to perform imposing works, most of which are modern premières of ancient pieces. What makes this ensemble special is a sound experimentation connected with the territory, one example of which is the concert that since 2005 is given yearly during the Cantar Lontano Festival in the Big Cave of Wind of the subterranean Frasassi Caves.Retour haut de page
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M. Mencoboni Marco
36 via Armando Diaz
E-mail : email@example.com
Site Internet : http://www.cantarlontano.com
PRODUCTION DIRECTOR Giulia Mellini
ASSISTANT PRODUCTION Riccardo Mencoboni
MUSICOLOGIST Silvia Lombardi
E LUCEVAN LE STELLE SC
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Le REMA est soutenu par le Ministère de la culture et de la communication.