About Música Temprana

MÚSICA TEMPRANA aims to explore the repertoire from the Renaissance and Baroque periods, not only in Latin America, but also from sources of the Spanish Empire of that era. Through this Música Temprana wishes to map the musical development in Latin America from the moment the first conquistadores set foot in the New World up to the coming of age of baroque music on Latin American soil itself.

The ensemble’s repertoire is mostly the result of own research by the founder and conductor ADRIÁN RODRÍGUEZ VAN DER SPOEL.

Since the first concert in 2001 the ensemble released six CD records and organized performances in important specialized festival, such as the Festival Oude Muziek in Utrecht, the Trigonale in Austria, the Old Music Festival in Stockholm, Laus Polyphoniae and the Festival van Vlaanderen in Belgium, the Mozart Festival in Rovereto, Italy, and Musica Sacra in Maastricht. MÚSICA TEMPRANA toured several concert in Latin America, especially in Bolivia, Costa Rica, Argentina and Ecuador.

“One cannot simply perform Latin American baroque music according to the usual European baroque practice. Then it would become too strict, too academic. The repertoire we perform requires in-depth knowledge of the rich Latin American folk music tradition as well as insight into character, temperament, thought and uniqueness of the continent. I play this music as I would play traditional music of my own country, in the same ‘natural’ way. And it is exactly that which I would like share with the audience.” Artistic director Adrián Rodríguez Van der Spoel

The ensemble distinguished itself through important projects such as the integral recording of the Codex Trujillo del Perú, the reconstruction of baroque violins from the Chiquitos in Bolivia (including concerts with them) and the staged versions of the Ensaladas of Mateo Flecha and the madrigal comedy Il Festino of Adriano Banchieri.