Projekt Lazarus (HR)
400 years of the printing of the collection Sacrae cantiones (1620) by Ivan Lukačić
Cecchini, Jelić, Lukačić
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On the Croatian music scene since 2013 operates a new professional ensemble called “Projekt Lazarus”, whose unusual name hides the main objective of this ensemble – the revitalization of Croatian musical heritage. “Projekt Lazarus” has been established within the association of Croatian Music Centre by initiator and founder of the ensemble bass Robert Palić, a member of the Opera of the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb.
Artists’ message to visitors
Historical (un)favourable circumstances largely determined the development of most European, and especially Croatian composers of the first half of the 17th century. Educated and trained in the European cultural centres of the time, they were in direct contact with modern achievements and knowledge that they wove into their art of composing. The final product are masterpieces that have been unfortunately largely lost, but those that have been preserved survived for centuries, experiencing their new renaissance today at numerous festivals, especially in Seviqc Brežice. For the first time in modern history in Slovenia, Projekt Lazarus will present most of its programs at the Seviqc Brežice Festival in Devil’s tower. Ivan Lukačić, Tomaso Cecchini and Vinko Jelić are the most important representatives of the Croatian musical baroque of the first half of the 17th century and represent an indisputable proof of the affiliation to the Western European civilization and cultural circle.
Tomaso Cecchini (1580-1644)
AMOROSI CONCETTI MADRIGALI VOCE SOLA FACILI PER CANTARE ET SONARE NEL CLAVICEMBALO CHITARONE O LIVTO. DI TOMASSO CECCHINO VERONESE. LIBRO PRIMO. IN VENETIA, M.DC.XII.
Vaga su spina ascosa / Temer, donna, non dei / Ecco l' alba / Per la bella Licori / Al vivo sol / Luci belle e spietate / Lilla un bacio ti chiesi / Bocca amorosa
Vinko Jelić (1596-1636)
PARNASSIA MILITIA, CONCERTVVM VNIVS, DVARVM, TRIVM ET QVATVOR VOCVM: TAM NATIVIS QVAM INSTRVMENTALIBVS Vocibus, ad Organum concinendarum. Auctore REVER. DOMINO VINCENTIO JELICH. OPVS PRIMVM, Anno M.DC.XXII.
Justum deduxit / Laetamini in Domino / Sancti et iusti
Ivan Lukačić (1587-1648)
IOANNIS LVCACIH DE SEBENICO. In Metropolitana Spalatensi Ecclesia Musices Prae. Sacrae Cantiones Singulis Binis Ternis Quaternis, Quinisque vocibus Concinendae. VENETIIS M DC XX.
Sicut cedrus / Benedic Domine / Suscipiat Dominus / In lectulo meo / Cantabo Domino / Coeli enarrant / Exultavit cor meum
About the project and the concert programme
On the Croatian and international music scene since 2013 operates a new professional ensemble called „Projekt Lazarus“, whose unusual name hides the main objective of this ensemble – the revitalization of Croatian musical heritage. The research, revitalization, promotion and presentation of Croatian musical heritage are the primary objectives of the „Projekt Lazarus“ which are being realized through two main processes; exploring yet undiscovered musical literature from 16th to 18th century in cooperation with experts for that period, and modelling professional ensemble necessary for the preparation and presentation of musical pieces.
The concert program combines several aspects: the celebration of the 400th anniversary of the first printing of the most important monument of Croatian musical baroque - the collection of motets "Sacrae Cantiones" (1620) of Ivan Lukačić, juxtaposition with his contemporary and predecessor in the church of Split, Tomaso Cecchini from Verona and geographically and culturally different Vinko Jelić from Rijeka.
Ivan Lukačić wrote compositions for one, two and three voices closer to the monodic style of the early Baroque, while four-part and five-part compositions are based on changes in solo and tutti passages in a stylistic Renaissance-Baroque mixture. Early Baroque concertante compositions show a pronounced subjectivity in the interpretation of the text in music, which is achieved especially by sudden rhythmic contrasts and rich coloring of the singing section.
Tomaso Cecchini composed secular monody arias, madrigals and canzonettas with or without instrumental continuo, spiritual monody, polyphonic masses, motets and psalms with organ continuo and instrumental sonatas. While still alive, Cecchini gained a reputation in Western European countries, which is confirmed by his compositions included in anthological editions of church music and collections stored in libraries in Austria, Germany, and Portugal.
Vinko Jelić published three collections: The Heavenly Army (Parnassia militia, 1622) and The First Arion (Arion primus) and The Second Arion (Arion secundus, 1628); only the first is fully preserved. Jelić's spiritual concerts are inspired by the northern Italian school, in which Jelić achieved dynamism and tension through a series of rich baroque rhythmic and harmonic patterns, and he pointed out in detail the contradictions in tempo and dynamics.
Soteska, Devil's tower
The most interesting jewels of Slovenia's landscape are very often those that are shrouded in a veil of mystery. One such place is the Devil's Tower in Soteska, a little village between two forested plateaux. The tower has stood here for over three hundred years, a place of entertainment and sinful pleasure.