The Cathedral Of Cuenca Will Host This Saturday A Film-concert With The Projection Of ‘The Passion Of Juana De Arco’ – Voces De Cuenca

The ninth of the concerts of the X Edition 2020 of ‘Music in the Cathedral’, which was postponed last year as a result of COVID restrictions, will be starred by the titular organist of the Cuenca Cathedral, Carlos Arturo Guerra Parra and the screening of the French silent film ‘The Passion of Joan of Arc’, by the Danish director and screenwriter Carl Theodor Dreyer from 1928. It will be next Saturday, July 24, 2021 at 9:00 p.m. At the same time, a novel and old offer that the Cathedral brings us to project a silent film film just as it was done in movie theaters, while a pianist or an organist introduced the music live, enhancing their plans and plot. Tickets for this concert at the price of € 9, the season tickets at the price of € 50 and the Tickets for the Friends of the Cathedral at the price of € 20, are already on sale at the Cathedral, the Treasure Museum and the Church box office. of S. Pedro as well as in People who have had their ticket since last year will have access to the concert with it.

The program. The film-concert proposal that the Cathedral makes for this concert is as old as it is new. It is about the projection of one of the most interesting films of silent cinema, without a doubt one of the five great films in the history of cinema, together with a soundtrack performed live on the organ by the titular organist of the Cathedral, Carlos Arturo Guerra . The improvisations of the organist in free style will be followed by the interpretation of works written by various authors, while the master plans of The Passion of Joan of Arc (The passion of Joan of Arc. France, 1928). Musical minimalism will occupy a large part of the scene, both in the improvisations and in the pieces by Arvo Pärt and Philip Glass. The expressive depth of Bach in one of his corals, as well as the Requiem by Duruflé, are reserved for the most emotional moments of the film. A unique musical viewing that once finished will remain in the memory and cannot be repeated.

In the era of silent cinema or the ‘silver screen’ (1895-1929), on the one hand, intertitles were frequent, text boxes to clarify the situation to the audience or to show important conversations where a narrative was given real dialogue and, on the other, music. In the small towns there was a piano to accompany the projections, while in the big cities there were organs, or even a full orchestra that could perform some sound effects. Silent film music often consisted of live improvisations performed by a pianist or organist.

In the old way, it will be projected The Passion of Joan of Arc with a new improvised and unrepeatable soundtrack, which will join the great history of the music composed for this film from 1939 to the present day. The film version of this concert has been shortened in its duration by the same interpreter to adapt it to the format of the concerts that we have been offering, without losing its rhythm or its essence. Its duration will be 60 minutes.

The Passion of Joan of Arc is a 1928 French silent film by Danish director and screenwriter Carl Theodor Dreyer, starring Renée Falconetti. It narrates the prosecution of the French heroine Joan of Arc by the Inquisition based on the authentic documentation of the trial that took place in the city of Rouen in 1431.

Carlos Arturo Guerra Parra, is the titular organist of the Cathedral of Cuenca. He trained in the organ mainly with Anselmo Serna, Óscar Candendo, Juan de la Rubia, Pavel Černý and with Jaroslav Tůma.

He has been a professor of Organ and Improvisation at the Conservatorio Superior de Castilla y León, and currently at the Conservatorio Profesional Arturo Soria in Madrid. Together with Lucie Žáková, he directs the Online Organ Academy, the first organ academy exclusively online for the entire Spanish-speaking world. Since 2015 they have been working on various pedagogical projects in the province of Cuenca to bring the interpretation of the organ to all audiences, in the historic organs of Cardenete, Belmonte, as well as in the Cathedral itself. Both actively collaborate in the organization of “Music in the Cathedral” in the Cathedral of Cuenca.

An interdisciplinary musician, he is part of FuzzyGab 4, a research group at the University of Castilla-La Mancha around Electroacoustic Music, human interfaces and new educational paradigms.

Other information. The XI Edition 2021 of ‘Music in the Cathedral’ is an event that, in its eleventh year, organizes the Cathedral of Cuenca. It is possible thanks to the sponsorships of the ACS Foundation, the ‘Gil de Albornoz’ University Board, the University of Castilla-La Mancha and the Globalcaja Cuenca Foundation. This year it also has the special collaboration of Frédéric Desmottes’ Organery Workshop and Eric Brottier, owner of the Anaya-Brottier organ.

Next concerts. The next appointment will be on Friday, August 13 at 9:00 p.m. It will be starred by Bruno Forst, a specialist in ancient music and ancient keyboard tablatures, who will offer a concert coinciding with the Renaissance Organ Course, of which he will be a teacher, at the Anaya-Brottier organ and the next day, Saturday, August 14 Also at 9:00 p.m., the participants in the course will offer their special concert worked throughout the Course that will be held between August 11-14.