Sones de Palacio – Bucharest Early Music Festival
Sones de Palacio

Sones de Palacio

Starts from: November 25, 2017

Start Time 7:00 pm End Time8:30 pm

Calea Victoriei 49-53

Saturday, the 25th of November 2017, 7.00 pm, the Romanian National Art Museum, Royal Living

In the Spain of the 16th and 17th -century the composers were creating music in a very different way than their European colleagues. While in France musicians were developing a clear court style, Spanish composers were turning to folk music as a source for their compositions. This makes it difficult sometimes to draw a clear distinction between what is art music and what is popular music.

Sanz, Murcia, and Narváez were the most important composers for guitar in Spain. In his Instrucción de música para la guitarra española, Sanz instructs us on matters of improvisation and composition, and he invites us to create our own variations.

Their music was complex and profound and became very sophisticated. They often set Spanish dances like Marionas or Españoletta. Their knowledge of counterpoint and refined techniques give to this music a sense of sublime inspiration, placing them among the finest composers of Baroque Spain.

Xavier Díaz – Latorre



Gaspar Sanz (1640 – 1710)

From Instrucción de música para la guitarra española

Diferencias sobre Marionas

 Santiago de Murcia (16 73 – 1739)

From Códice Saldivar



 Luys de Narváez (c. 1500 – c. 1550)

From Los seys libros del Delphin 1538

Primer tono FantasiaDiferencias sobre O Gloriosa Domina

Segundo tono Fantasia

Tercer tono Fantasia

Cuarto tono Fantasia Glossa sobre Mille Regrez de Josquin


Gaspar Sanz (1640 – 1710)

From Instrucción de música para la guitarra española, Zaragoza 1674-1697

Pavana al ayre español, cinco partidas con mucha novedad

Xácara por la D

Passeos por el cuarto tono, y una giga al vuelo por el mismo punto/improvisación

Tarantella, improvisación




Luys de Narváez (c. 1500 – 1550)

From Los seys libros del Delphin 1538

Quinto tono Fantasia

Sexto tono Fantasia Diferencias sobre Sacri Solemnis

Septimo tono Fantasia

Octavo tono Fantasia Cuatro diferencias sobre guárdame las vacas


Gaspar Sanz (1640 – 1710)

From Instrucción de música para la guitarra española, Zaragoza 1674-1697

Xácara, diez y seis diferencias y algunas dellas con estilo de Campanelas

Zarabanda, improvisación

Paradetas, improvisación

Paradetas, improvisación


Xavier Diaz Latorre – 5 / 6 choruses vihuela

Pedro Estevan – percussion



Xavier Díaz-Latorre

Xavier Díaz-Latorre was born in Barcelona, Spain in 1968. He studied at advanced level in Basle with Oscar Ghiglia at the Musikakademie and Hopkinson Smith at the Schola Cantorum.

He has given concerts at major venues around the world, including the Carnegie Hall (New York), Covent Garden (London), the Palau de la Música Catalana (Barcelona), the Teatro Real (Madrid), the Teatro Colón (Buenos Aires), the Wiener Philarmonie (Vienna) and the Konzerthaus (Berlin).

Díaz-Latorre performs regularly with world-renowned ensembles such as Hesperion XXI, La Capella Reial de Catalunya, and Le Concert des Nations. He has also performed with Al Ayre Español, the Orquesta Nacional de España, Concerto Vocale, the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Concerto Köln, and others.

Laberintos Ingeniosos is his own vocal-instrumental ensemble, which he has taken to a number of different countries throughout the world. Xavier Díaz-Latorre has made more than 40 recordings for international CD labels, and has recorded the complete works for guitar by the composer Francisco Guerau among other titles.

He teaches early plucked instruments, chamber music and bass continuo at the ESMUC (Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya), and has been invited to teach in the USA, Korea, Japan and several European countries.


Pedro Estevan

Pedro Estevan was born in Sax (Alicante) in 1951. He studied percussion at the Superior de Musica Conservatory in Madrid and specialized in contemporary music. He was an enthusiastic member of many jazz groups and performed on stage at several theatres. Together with Maria Villa and Suso Saiz, he founded groups such as Orcuesta de las nubes, Ranfonia and Panku.

Pedro Estevan has been a member of the Hesperion XXI and Le Concert des Nations since 1968. He combines all his musical performances with his teaching career at the ESMUC (Escola Superior de Musica de Catalunia).