BRQ | Vantaa Festival

Antonio Zacara da Teramo – servant of four Popes

Photo: Magnus Skrede
Photo: Magnus Skrede
SATURDAY 14.8.2021 18:00 - 19:00
The Church of St Lawrence Reittiopas

Jostein Gundersen, flutes and artistic director
Ingvill Holter, soprano 
Sunniva Eliassen, mezzo-soprano
Tyler Ray, tenor
Anna Danilevskaïa, fiddle
Hans Lub, fiddle


Tickets: €20
Concession tickets: €10

Antonio da Teramo (c. 1365–1416) was born in Teramo in the Kingdom of Naples but moved to Rome in the 1390s and there served three Popes and one Antipope as a scribe and singer. It was the time known as the Great Schism: in addition to Rome, there was a Pope in Avignon, and Europe lacked a supreme pontiff. This fostered unrest, but also cunning and heretic thinking. Afflicted by a congenital disease, Antonio da Teramo was dubbed Zacara, meaning “a small thing or a thing of little value” due to his stunted growth and his lack of fingers and toes. Musically, he was a veritable pioneer, a link between early polyphony and the refined avant-garde ars subtilior, of the 15th century. The Currentes ensemble from Norway has assembled a Mass from works for the church by Maestro Zacara that reflects the masterly, experimental and mystical spirit of the time.

Introit*, 7th mode: «Signum magnum». Counterpoint by Currentes
Kyrie: Anonymus (Ivrea, Biblioteca Capitolare, Ms. 115): «Rex Angelorum/Clemens Pater»

Gloria: Antonio Zacara da Teramo (ca 1365–1415): «Gloria Micinella»

Interlude 1: Paolo da Firenze (ca 1355-1436): «Amor da po ́ che tu ti maravigli»
Gradual*, 7th mode: «Audi filia». Counterpoint by Currentes
Alleluia*, 5th mode

Interlude 2: Guillaume Dufay (1397–1374): «Vergine bella»

Credo: Antonio Zacara da Teramo: «Credo cursor»
Offertory*, 2nd mode: «Inimicitias ponam». Counterpoint by Currentes
Sanctus: Anonymus (Ivrea, Biblioteca Capitolare, Ms. 115)
Agnus Dei: Anonymus (Cambrai, Bibliothèque Communale, Ms. B 1328

Interlude 3: Antonio Zacara da Teramo: «Nuda non era»
Communion: «Benedicimus deum caeli» (proper for the Feast of the blessed trinity). Counterpoint by Currentes

*Proper of the mass: A mass for August 15th: Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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