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Absences: Joan Marc's lost Requiem

Works by P. Joan Marc, P. Joan Cererols i T. L. de Victoria

Formation: choir (16 singers) and bass continuo

Duration: 65’00’’ without pause

The history of music could not be explained without dozens of anonymous figures who have been the true link, both musically and generationally, among the very few names that have survived the oblivion imposed by the passage of time. Joan Marc (1582 - 1658) is one of the musicians who marked the transition from the golden era of Iberian Polyphony to the emerging Baroque style. And he is so by the signature of the times in which he dwelled, but also by his undeniable gift as a composer and, we must presume, as a performer.

After being a scholar at Montserrat, he expanded his studies in Madrid, where he must have demonstrated enough talent to replace none other than T. L. de Victoria as an organist at Las Descalzas Reales de Madrid when he passed away in 1611. Fourteen years later, he was called back to Montserrat to take over the musical direction of the Abbey, where, in addition to being remembered as the first composer of the centenary Montserrat school from whom we have written music, he arrives just in time to take charge of a very promising young musician: Joan Cererols.


This program puts an end to a long absence of our music.

Concert at Festival Llums d'Antiga of l'Auditori de Barcelona
Capella de Santa Àgata. May 2021
Fragment broadcast by L'Auditori


In cruce latebat | P. J. Cererols (1618-1680)

Requiem for 8 veus P. J. Marc (1582 – 1658)




Dies irae a 4 | P. Joan Cererols



Agnus Dei


Kyrie eleison | T. L. de Victoria (1548 – 1611)

Aeternam | B. Vivancos (1973)


21. 05. 21

Festival Llums d’Antiga del Auditori de Barcelona (Chapel of Santa Àgata)

05. 06. 21

Festival Espurnes Barroques (Esparraguera)

“The reverential staging, you could feel respect and passion for the music performed

“The soft, uniform, perfectly tuned sound, like a single vibration rising slowly towards the gothic ceiling of the chapel, ended up fading into silence”

Gemma Bayod


Rehearsal for the concert of Espurnes Barroques


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