Cortese music, between music, art and tourism through “La Porta del Sogno”

Ten events dedicated to medieval and renaissance music in as many symbolic places in the region, with a stop in Slovenia, with Italian and foreign professionals at international level. These places thus become a sounding board, not only acoustically, but also historically – artistically, of beauty in all its forms.

Cortese musicthe international festival of early music in the historic centers of Friuli Venezia Giulia, renews in its 2022 edition the indissoluble association between history, music, art and tourism. The Dramsam – Giuliano Center of Ancient Music, which since 1988 has accustomed its audience to the meeting between the charm of earlier tones and the suggestions that were transferred from unusual places, often still little known, has drawn up a calendar that it starts on Saturday 9 July in Gradisca d’Isonzo to end on Thursday, September 29 in Latisana. A journey that allows you to get to know our region from different and fascinating angles, with Fabio Accurso’s artistic leadership. The common thread that will unite concerts and side events will be “The door of the dream“, Or rather” Fantasy in the Middle Ages and fantasy about the Middle Ages “. The appointments will all be free, with reservations recommended by writing to

Mod Go2025

The review was illustrated in the Udine region in the presence of the Regional Councilor for Culture, Tiziana Gibelli, by the President of the Dramsam Center, Alessandra Cossi, by the artistic director of the Festival Fabio Accurso and by the technical coordinator Flavio Cecere. “I believe that music is the most effective means of all to approach cultures that are also different for times, places or other reasons. With Musica Cortese, I hope there will be many who trade a little curiosity about the Middle Ages, a period which we know little about, but which was rich and fruitful. This year, the show is also doing a valuable job on its way to Go2025“Commissioner Gibelli remarked. Regarding the spirit of Musica Cortese, President Cossi added: “The code word for Musica Cortese is territory and territory improvement. Early music needs a speaker cabinet to perform at its best, and that’s what the historic sites we have chosen can guarantee“.

A unique in Italy

A festival that represents one unicum in Italyas explained by the artistic director: “Musica Cortese is the only medieval music festival in Italy. This year’s theme aims to illustrate to our audience the story of a relationship that still exists between the real Middle Ages, about which we have historical information and documents, and the imagined Middle Ages, which instead inhabit contemporary cultural production.“. Flavio Cecere reminded, among other things, that all appointments will be recorded and therefore can be relived via the Facebook page.

Now in its 19th edition, the Musica Cortese Festival is the only one in Italy that focuses on medieval music, so much so that it is a point of reference for early music artists and ensembles in Italy and in Europe. The festival has always combined historical music and places relevant to the proposed repertoires, in accordance with a strategy of mutual improvement, as ancient music is in dire need of appropriate acoustics, which only historical places are able to offer. The 2022 edition will address the role ofimagination found in medieval repertoires (dream, utopia, millennialism, the invention of the epic novel as an imaginative projection of real events, etc.) and the lasting imaginative power in contemporary culture of a medieval concept separate from history and rather linked to the present. This will be the opening speech at the concerts of Professor Riccardo Drusi, Professor of Italian Literature at the University of Cà Foscari in Venice. The listener therefore finds a conceptual thread, which then comes to aesthetic expression in the concert. All appointments will be recorded and can then be relived via the Facebook page.

The stages

At the Guarneriana Civic Library in San Daniele del Friuli Guided tours will be offered with the opportunity to admire the exhibition of ancient codes and get to know the figure of the monk Gottschalk, to whom a code is present in the funds: an initiative curated by Angelo Floramo, with presentation of the results of the miniature laboratory of him at the art academy “GB Tiepolo” in Udine. TO Gemona instead we will have a presentation of the students’ work from the Magrini Marchetti Institute on the old municipal statutes of Buia, Gemona and Tolmezzo. To Kulturni Dom of Gorizia the concluding documentary “Remember, clear Isonzo” will be shown, a project focused on the churches of the Italian and Slovenian Isontino, a path aimed at identifying places of worship, even little known but united by the presence of an iconography with a musical theme (many late Gothic frescoes rich in musical instruments, including natives) expressing a poor commission of faithful but united by the desire to express their religious devotion; iconographies, which are then reflected in the permanent exhibition of old musical instruments that Dramsam manages in the Castle Gorizia.

Finally, in September, it starts “Borders”, The Festival of Festivals; devised and managed by the network of festivals dealing with Ancient Music in the Region (FEM – Friuly Early Music), it presents itself as a new independent festival to be held every year at least until 2025 in support of GO! 2025, with the intention of representing a cultural offering dedicated to ancient music in Gorizia. It will consist of four concerts with the addition of an agreement by the Friuli Venezia Giulia Choir.

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