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Musica Ficta And Spanish Baroque Music

A composer makes a bad political move and almost makes off with some musical gems!

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Photo: Leandro Neumann Ciuffo

The Casa de la Panadería, at Plaza Mayor in Madrid. At the left, monument to king Philip III of Spain.

The Spanish composer Sebastián Durón made some unfortunate choices in his life. Spain was without a monarch during the first years of the eighteenth century, and the fighting to determine who would rule Spain included almost every European country as well as America. Unfortunately, Durón backed the wrong horse: he was quite vocal in his support of the Archduke Charles of Austria, but Philip V from the house of Bourbon was the eventual victor. In the process of leaving Spain after his dismissal from his post, he tried to take some of the best music from the royal chapel’s music library with him, including his own music. But, he was caught red-handed.

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Music Heard On This Episode

Sebastián Durón: Diferencias sobre la gaita
Musica Ficta — Cuando muere el sol (Musica Ficta, 2010)
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Sebastián Durón: Diferencias sobre la gaita
Musica Ficta — Cuando muere el sol (Musica Ficta, 2010)
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Sebastián Durón: Una zagaleja soy
Musica Ficta — Cuando muere el sol (Musica Ficta, 2010)
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Anna Pranger

Anna Pranger moved to Bloomington in 2009 to pursue a degree in music librarianship. Before this, she worked on a degree in music history at the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, Ohio. She serves as both an assistant producer for Harmonia and the Music Library Assistant for WFIU.

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