Jonatan Alvarado & Ariel Abramovich

Polyphony for Guatemala: Huehuetenango 

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Jonatan Alvarado & Ariel Abramovich

Tenor Jonatan Alvarado and vihuelist Ariel Abramovich browse through the folios of the Huehuetenango song manuscript: 15 volumes of polyphony and Gregorian chants from Northern Guatemala. From the more than 350 works recorded between 1582 and 1635, the dream duo chose mass movements, motets, chansons and villancicos that offer a glimpse of the intercontinental musical traffic on the eve of the Baroque. 


  • All manuscript numbers refer to the Latin American / Guatemala Music Manuscripts, 1570-1635


    Libro Primero

  • Anonymous

    Virgen Madre de Dios 
    (from: MS. 7, f. 5r) 

    Introitus: Salve Sancta Parens 
    (from: Kyriale Ms. 11, ff. 13v-14r) 

    Kyrie Eleison 
    (from: MS 8, ff. 8v-9r) 

    Pleni sunt de la Misa sine nomine 
    (from: MS 1, ff. 14v-15r) 

    Antiphon Ad Magnificat: Gloriose Virginis 
    (from: MS 13, f. 7v) 

    Magnificat 8 toni 
    (from: MS 2, ff. 15v-17r) 

    Benedicamus Domino 
    (from: MS 3, ff. 33v-34r / MS 5, f. 23v; ff. 31v-32r) 

    Deo Gratias 
    (from: MS 8, ff. 27v-28r) 

    16th century
  • ***

    Libro Segundo

  • Claudin de Sermisy

    Paratum cor meum (‘Le content est riche’) 
    (from: MS 8, ff. 48v-49r) 

  • Anonymous

    Pater Noster 
    (from: MS 8, ff. 61v-62r) 

    Hic Solus  
    (from: MS 8, ff. 21v-22r) 

    16th century
  • Juan de Anchieta

    O bone Jesu 

  • Martín de Rivaflecha

    O pulcra es 
    (uit: MS 8, ff. 39v-40r) 

  • Pedro de Escobar

    (from: MS 8, ff. 18v-19r; 56v-57r / MS 9, ff. 12v-13r) 

    c1465-after 1535
  • ***

    Libro Tercero

  • Pierre Moulu

    (from: MS 8, ff. 30v-31r) 


  • Juan Vásquez

    ¿Con qué la lavaré? 
    (from: MS 8, ff. 51v-52r)

    Mulier quit ploras 
    (from: MS 8, ff. 21v-22r) 

  • Anonymous

    Romance ‘De Antequera sale el moro’ 
    (from: MS 2, ff. 1v-2r) 

    Dame acojida en tu hato 
    (from: MS 4, ff. 21v-22r) 

    Programme subject to change

    16th century


  • Jonatan Alvarado tenor
  • Ariel Abramovich vihuela

About the performers

Jonatan Alvarado is a singer and player of (very) old songs, be them contained by Medieval and Renaissance manuscripts scattered all over the world, or found in the oral traditions of Europe and the Americas. He took his first musical steps in the guitar class at the conservatory and in the municipal choirs of Mercedes, Buenos Aires. He then studied orchestral conducting, choral conducting and composition, and later graduated with honours in singing and lute. He is musical director and co-founder of the ensemble Seconda Pratica and a member of Da Tempera Velha and Sollazzo Ensemble. 
Dazzled by a fantasy by composer Luys de Narváez, Ariel Abramovich decided - being still a teenager - to dedicate exclusively to the lute and vihuela repertoire of the 16th century, a decision he has maintained to this day without any regrets. In 1996 he moved to Switzerland to study with his teacher and mentor, Hopkinson Smith, at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. He has released several albums with a variety of musicians and is member of the ensemble Da Tempera Velha, dedicated to Medieval and early Renaissance Castillian repertoire. 

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