Wednesday 21 September, at the Cortile del Leccio of Modena, at 21.00, Greatness & Wonders presents: “Mascherata Estense: masks, games, wine and dance in the music of Orazio Vecchi”, concert in costume with the singing and acting company Dramatodìa and the instrumental ensemble I Musicali Affetti. The direction is entrusted to the multifaceted Alberto Allegrezza. The show includes, for the first time in modern times, five “masquerades” that could be admired between the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, during the period of Carnival, between Modena, Bologna and the nearby cities: “La Mascherata da Balie, over Nutrici, the Neapolitans Masquerade, the Graduate Poets Masquerade, the Ortolani Masquerade and the Astrologers Masquerade“. Thus the tradition of Carnival is recalled, an occasion during which the entire population could participate in parties, games and masquerades, thus escaping from a society strictly regulated by social conditions and religious education. What unites all the masquerades, regardless of their type, are the paradox, the joke, the hyperbole, the incitement to joy, to food, to pleasure, as well as the obscene double meaning, which translate into carnival texts and forms musical such as the song, the villanella and the ballets.
The pieces of the Modenese composer Orazio Vecchi they are accompanied by texts of the Persicetan Giulio Cesare Croce. Orazio Vecchi offers a rich repertoire of love songs, dances, erotic and masked double meanings, and similar, for formal and expressive choices, to immediate and popular realism, to caricature and parody. Giulio Cesare Croce, author of numerous works dedicated to Carnival, on the other hand, stands out for his poetic and literal ingenuity and for his inexhaustible mastery and inventiveness. During the concert, the public will be able to listen to some excerpts from the printed collection entitled “Very pleasant masquerades of Julius Caesar from the Cross“.
Alberto Allegrezza, founder of the Dramatodìa ensemble, is a singer, instrumentalist, director and actor, a scholar of the gesture codified in the theater of the late Renaissance and early Baroque. He has collaborated with numerous groups and participated in events of international importance, such as theInnsbrucker Festwochen der Alten Musik; he has also recorded for Arts, Dynamic, Glossa, Naxos, Sony and Tactus labels.
The ensemble Dramatodìa stages the theatrical repertoire of the comedians of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, thanks to a careful study of the late Renaissance representation methods and the creation of costumes inspired by the style of the time. Among the shows made by the company, they remember Fat Thursday party before dinner by Adriano Banchieri e Different languages with music by Orazio Vecchi. In 2022 the album was released for Tactus Feast of Fat Thursday, 1608 in collaboration with Enrico Bonavera, Arlecchino of the Piccolo Teatro of Milan.
THE Musical Affections are headed by Fabio Missaggiafirst violin and director of the company, whose main interest is directed to the vocal-instrumental repertoire of the seventeenth-eighteenth century.