Carmesina i Tirant

Carmesina i Tirantbrings us closer to the music of our Golden Age with a proposal designed especially for younger audiences It combines several elements that allow us to see the show as a humanist whole where literature, poetry, painting, art, and history come together using music as a vehicle of union. Tirant lo Blanc could be a real character from that time who defends virtue and noble ideals manifested in war, love and death. He and Carmesina will lead us to a better understanding of our past, his time, and through music, to enjoy and reflect on our own. Carles Magraner makes a musical and scenic proposal developed by several musicians of Capella de Ministrers.

This didactic proposal uses projections, which reinforce the narrative and musical structure, and a mise-en-scène in which two characters take part in the show. Tirant lo Blanc is the main character, an honourable knight who achieves his victories, capable of making the most beautiful princess fall in love with his virtues. Carmesina is Tirant’s lover (as soon as he sees her, he falls in love with her), a princess of the Greek Empire with a spectacular beauty who makes Tirant declare his love for her. She is characterised mainly by her careful education and, like Tirant, she possesses great cunning.

Based on the same novel by Joanot Martorell, a common thread is created in which the essential elements of the music of our Golden Age are reviewed with the influences of the period. Thus, the narration of the work allows for a didactic presentation of the history of music from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance linked to the Crown of Aragon. Periods and music from the 13th to the 16th centuries are presented, starting with the music of troubadours and reaching the repertoire of the Renaissance songbooks A profane and religious repertoire is also presented, as well as the musical influences of the various schools of the Renaissance. It is also important to show those aspects of oriental music that form part of our history and that of Tirant, such as Andalusian or Mediterranean music.

Mara Aranda, Carmesina
Toni Aparisi, Tirant lo Blanch

Carles Magraner, viola
Eduard Navarro, duduk, shawms and bagpipes
Pau Ballester, percussion
Jota Martínez, hurdy-gurdy, sitar and shofar
Robert Cases, citole, lute and renaissance guitar

Recommended for audiences aged 8 to 13 years

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The show is included in the Valencian Cultural Circuit.