A journey through seasons and places of music for single-legged viola, from the Renaissance to the present day.
The viola da gamba belongs to a family of musical instruments originated in Spain in the fifteenth century and arrived in southern Italy during the Aragonese domination, at the end of the fifteenth century. It was immediately transformed by the Italian luthiers, who gave it many of the timbre and structural qualities that still distinguish it today, and which immediately made it one of the most appreciated and admired instruments of Renaissance and Baroque music. Viola da gamba and Renaissance music came to America during colonization by European powers from the 15th century onwards. A rich musical production originated from the meeting of different cultures, of which important testimonies are preserved, which has left an evident imprint in Latin American music up to the present day. The musical repertoire produced for the viola da gamba over two centuries is immense. For some decades a patient and incessant work has been underway to rediscover the rich cultural heritage linked to this instrument by an ever-growing number of musicians and scholars.
Luciana Elizondo began her early music career with the Rosario Promusica Antiqua ensemble, under the direction of Maestro Cristian Hernandez Larguía. She collaborates with renowned ensembles of ancient music, with whom she performed in Europe, Asia and Latin America. Together with the musician Maximiliano Banos she founded the Cremona Choir and the Voz Latina Ensemble in 2011 that intends to explore the world of baroque music in its relationship between text and music, based on the “theory of affects” and recalling the visual principle of “light and dark” in order to enhance the dramatic tension of the works performed. In her solo concerts she has recovered the ancient Renaissance tradition of singing playing the viola da gamba, also performing music from Latinoamérica folklore. She recorded for the EPSA, K617, Sony and Arcana labels.