The Revolt of the Brotherhoods: Military Music and Culture in 16th-Century Europe | Capella de Ministrers CDM2049

The Revolt of the Brotherhoods: Military Music and Culture in 16th-Century Europe


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Label: Capella de Ministrers

Cat No: CDM2049

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 15th January 2021



Capella de Ministrers


Carles Magraner


Flecha, Mateo

Ensalada 'El Jubilate'
Todos los buenos soldados
» La Guerra

Gabrieli, Andrea

Aria della Battaglia

Gastoldi, Giovanni Giacomo

Amor vittorioso

Gervaise, Claude

Pavane et Gaillarde de la Guerre

Hassler, Hans Leo


Isaac, Heinrich

Alla battaglia

Lasso, Orlando di

Da pacem Domine

Morales, Cristobal de

Jubilate Deo

Praetorius, Michael

» Bouree e Courrant de Bataglia
» Entree
» Galliarde et Courant de la Guerre

Scheidt, Samuel

Suite de Batalla (Battle Suite)
» Galliard battaglia
» Paduana dolorosa

Susato, Tielman

» Bergerette 'Les Grands Douleurs'
» Passe et Medio
» Pavane sur la Bataille


Capella de Ministrers


Carles Magraner


Music and war have been linked together since time immemorial. This relationship can be traced from the simple drum and bugle calls performed by army musicians at the height of battle, to communicate orders or to engender courage (or fear) in the combatants, to the more elaborate pieces composed to instill patriotism, such as military marches, songs of victory and compositions for triumphal parades, staged works and dances such as choreographed sword dances.

In the religious sphere the impact of war, always wrapped in a solemn, moralising tone, has been similarly noteworthy. This has led to an impressive repertoire of music associated with funeral services for fallen heroes (Requiem masses), thanksgiving celebrations (Te Deum, military masses, etc.) and even the expressive Holy Week musical repertoire based on Jeremiah’s Book of Lamentations, which relates the story of the siege and destruction of the city of Jerusalem after falling into the hands of Nebuchadnezzar II in 587 BC. The musical practices associated with military culture range, therefore, from the sacred to the profane, from the privacy within four walls to the open city streets and from strictly military action to the pleasures of the brothel or street celebrations.

This CD serves to commemorate the fifth centenary of the Revolt of the Brotherhoods, a popular uprising against the nobility – and also against the monarchy itself owing to an increase in taxes – which was instigated by the craftsmen’s guilds in the kingdoms of Valencia and Mallorca between 1519 and 1523.

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