Wednesday Series

Calderón de la Barca's music

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In sixty years of creative activity, Pedro Calderón de la Barca, the author of more than 200 works of which 180 contain musical presentations, cultivated all dramatic genres with rare brilliance. Among these works were two entirely sung works on mythological themes, performed in 1659 and 1660 respectively: La púrpura de la rosa, in one act; and Celos aun del aire matan, in three. Apart from Lope de Vega’s La selva sin amor, in one act, whose music has not been preserved, these are the first Spanish operas, and the only seventeenth-century Spanish operas, as “singing à la italiana” did not take root in Baroque Spain.

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