From 10 May 2024 to 10 May 2024/ Italy / Pavia

RENATO CADEL conductor

New compositions by MATTEO MAGISTRALI

After a long gestation in various religious contexts, the Rosary prayer was codified by the Order of St. Dominic at the end of the 15th century and its spread throughout the Church was promoted by a Dominican pontiff: St. Pius V. Pope Ghislieri defined the characteristics of this prayer in a bull of 1569 and, after the Battle of Lepanto (1571), instituted the liturgical feast of Our Lady of the Rosary on 7 October, the anniversary of the victory attributed to the Virgin's intercession.

The Rosary is a contemplative prayer aimed at meditating on the mysteries of redemption through the repetition of the Hail Mary. This litany element - which unites this prayer to that of many religious traditions - has a Christological connotation: the Ave Maria in fact places the name of Jesus at its centre. The angelic greeting, therefore, is both a remembrance of the incarnation and an invitation to gaze upon Christ, contemplated in his life, passion and glorification. The Ave Maria is also a dialogic text: in the first part, the Angel and Elizabeth greet the Virgin; in the second part, the people invoke Mary's intercession nunc et in hora mortis. It is a dialogue between the Eternal and human time, which faith celebrates as a process that is renewed in every man's existence.
Following in the footsteps of the founder of the Ghislieri College, the Schola Gregoriana Ghislieri proposes a vocal 'meditation' that ideally retraces the beads of the Marian Rosary. In this entirely vocal concert, Gregorian chant recalls some of the mysteries of the Rosary, alternating with contemporary musical writing. For the occasion, Ghislierimusica initiated a collaboration with the composer Matteo Magistrali, who wrote pieces based on Gregorian chants for the Schola, following the original principle of sacred polyphony.
This offers a creative dialogue where Gregorian chant - liturgical chant par excellence - shines as a timeless Word, giving resonance to the Scriptures and revealing itself as an inexhaustible source of inspiration.
Renato Cadel

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