Mataró Cultural interviews the master Francesc Cortés, director of the Mass of the Saints

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Just one month after the celebration of the Saints, Mataró Cultural wanted to interview Francesc Cortés, the director of the Mass of Glory of Mn. Blanch, to know this religious work that is part of our tradition.

We welcome Maestro Francesc Cortés, PhD in musicology and tenured professor at the UAB, to the program. He won the Emili Pujol Prize for Historical Musicology in 1994 and has published several studies on Catalan music, specializing in lyrical creation.

After his doctoral thesis on Felip Pedrell, he became interested in exploring different aspects of our country's music, among them, referential studies on music and Jacint Verdaguer, the Catalan avant-gardes of the 20th century and the operatic relations between Italy and the Iberian Peninsula.

He has also done the critical edition of the operas LaFattucchiera (1838) by Vicenç Cuyàs, i The Pyrenees (1891) by Felipe Pedrell. But today I have invited him because, once again, this year he will lead the Mass of Glory of Mn. Blanch or Mass of the Saints next July 27 at the Basilica of Santa Maria.

At the beginning of the interview, he tells us about the origins of the work of Mn. Blanch, of its history and musical level.

He confesses that as Mataroní he was very important when, in the nineties, he was commissioned for the first time to direct this piece from 1948 with so much tradition.

He also tells us about the heart and the role that the multifaceted artist Jordi Arenas had in defining the current model in 1970, after a few years that could be called a crisis.

In recent years, even before the pandemic, there has been talk of changes and rejuvenation of the Heart. Cortés defines the health of the Mass of Saints as "stable". He does not hide that it would be desirable for new voices to enter the choir. Currently, no new singers are entering, which, considering the evolution of the voice with age, is not good.

There is no lack of references to the circumstances of how Mass was celebrated in 2020 and how it will be celebrated this year. He trusts that, unlike last year, next July 27 it will be possible to hear the entire Mass, although measures must be taken to reduce the number of singers, the distance between them and to sing with a mask . These measures will also affect the orchestra, although in fewer numbers, to be able to count on all the instruments.

As for the rehearsals, only two general rehearsals have been planned, and it is not yet known if they can be held at the Basilica of Santa Maria or if another place will have to be found.

Here you can listen to the entire program.

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