Saturday, July 21, 2012

Nit de Fado

This evening we had tickets for a night of Fado, courtesy of Núria Piferrer on vocals accompanied by guitarist Vicenç Solsona. This was just one of many concerts to be offered in El Port de la Selva over the summer.

Fado is a Portuguese musical form dating from the 1820s or likely earlier. Traditionally, Fado is characterized by mournful tunes and lyrics, often about the sea or the life of the poor. Today Fado can be about anything, but must follow a certain structure. Our concert was held in the village church, a beautiful setting visually, but less ideal acoustically. The sound bounced around so much in the church's cavernous stone interior that it muddied the full effect of Nuria's magnificent voice. Still, it was a lovely evening.

This music festival also includes classical concerts in the Monastery of Sant Pere de Rodes, at the top of the mountain behind us. We can only imagine what it would be like to hear music performed in such a dramatic setting. Next week we will find out!

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