Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Re-runs: a Vuciata

It's time on TV. And re-run time here at Melanged Magic. In honor of my friend, Vanessa's newly-published novel, The House at Zaronza, I'm re-running a blog post I wrote last summer about a Corsican polyphonic chant group who performed in Villeneuve. Vanessa's novel is set in Corsica during the early part of the 20th century. And to further whet your appetite to read Vanessa's book, I've added a YouTube video at the end of the post of beautiful Corsican scenery. 
It seems like this summer has taken on a! It began with the Fete de la Musique in May and continued with the first guitar concert we attended at Cenevieres. A couple weeks later, our same group of friends decided to attend a second concert there. This time it was a flute, oboe and cello group playing music from the 17th century...quite lovely and very appropriate being played in the old Chateau.

Last evening the venue was St.Sepulcre church in the lovely bastide town of Villeneuve d'Aveyron. The group, a Vuciata, entertained us with haunting Corsican harmonies accompanied by flute, guitar, violin, and the church's stunning pipe organ. It was amazing how only 4 voices filled the vaulted church and captured our souls in the process. Here's a video I put together of the evening...snippets of three songs interspersed with some photos of the beauty surrounding us. In the last piece, the singers walked around the church, still singing in perfect harmony, then gathered again in the center aisle amongst the audience to complete their song. It was absolutely lovely!

Newly added video of Corsica:
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  1. Sounds wonderful. I love Corsican polyphonic chanting, although we have yet to hear it in Corsica itself! I think this group has been before, to Villefranche, but we've never been able to get there for it. And, of course, you hear about things after the event...

  2. Ha, ha. I appear to have commented before! Thanks for the shout out about the book. Please let me know if you hear of any more polyphonic chanting concerts in the area. I'd love to go.