Monday, November 23

The Molina Música Antigua Festival adapts to the via ‘on line’ to reach more public

Despite the health crisis, the IV Molina Música Antigua Festival, MOMUA 2020 (, will be held this year, although it will be exclusively ‘online’. Directed by the musicologist Mª Ángeles Zapata and the violinist Lorenzo Cutillas, the organization is run by the Department of Culture of the Molina de Segura City Council and the DeMusica Ensemble group, whose commitment is to research, rescue, interpret, disseminate and promote the music composed and / or performed by women, with the aim of making the role of women visible throughout the history of music, according to the artistic co-director of the festival, María Angeles Zapata.

The festival will take place from November 13 to 29 and will feature various courses and talks. The Councilor for Culture, Soledad Nortes, stressed that the festival will have a more international character, since it will be able to reach more people through telematics. One of the courses will talk about how to implement medieval dances and the art of reproducing medieval musical notation on historical instruments, under the direction of Professor Emilio Villalba. The teacher María Bayley will offer a course on polyphony around the Crown of Aragon, an interpretive approach from handwritten sources.

The third course will deal with the troubadours in the Crown of Aragon, a study and interpretation of the Occitan song at the court of Alfonso II, under the coordination of Mauricio Molina. And the fourth course will be offered by Professor Eduardo Sohns on theory and practice of early music.

From the couch

As a novelty, the Momua cycle is incorporated from the couch, some talks about ancient music. Specifically, the speaker Samir Suez will reel off the figure of Leonardo, the hidden musician. María Ángeles Zapata herself will offer a talk with the title Where are the women? Reflections on composers and performers in early music. In the third talk, Catalina Vicens will address the search for the human with approaches to ancient music from a social perspective.

The mayor of Molina, Esther Clavero, recalled that MOMUA began its trajectory in 2017 with the aim of giving a cultural boost to the city, and revaluing the historical-artistic heritage of Molina de Segura. Taking advantage of the architectural and historical potential of the city, the Festival is based in the Museo del Enclave de la Muralla (MUDEM), a cultural museum space created with the aim of protecting and disseminating the remains of the Molina de Segura wall, a typical fortification of Andalusian origin between the 11th and 16th centuries.

Throughout its trajectory, the MOMUA has counted on the performance of groups specialized in the interpretation of early music, as well as specialist teachers, with great professional experience and projection at a national and international level. This year there will be no concerts due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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