The Confederation of Choirs of the Basque Country publishes "AHAIRE", anthology of Basque choral music

Euskara. Kultura. Mundura.

2017-07-20

The Confederation of Choirs of the Basque Country - Euskal Herriko Abesbatzen Elkartea (EAE) has edited AHAIRE, an anthology of Basque music with 50 works for mixed choir. The book was presented at a press conference at the Etxepare Basque Institute, which was attended by the Minister of Culture and Language Policy, Bingen Zupiria; the director of the Etxepare Basque Institute, Miren Arzalluz; the President of the Confederation of Choirs of the Basque Country, Enrique Azurza; and the representative of the Mikel Laboa Chair of the University of the Basque Country (UPV-EHU), Pio Pérez.

The Confederation of Choirs of the Basque Country - Euskal Herriko Abesbatzen Elkartea (EAE) has edited AHAIRE, an anthology of Basque music with 50 works for mixed choir. The book was presented at a press conference at the Etxepare Basque Institute, which was attended by the Minister of Culture and Language Policy, Bingen Zupiria; the director of the Etxepare Basque Institute, Miren Arzalluz; the President of the Confederation of Choirs of the Basque Country, Enrique Azurza; and the representative of the Mikel Laboa Chair of the University of the Basque Country (UPV-EHU), Pio Pérez.

The book is the culmination of years of work compiling, selecting and reissuing compositions belonging to Basque cultural heritage.

AHAIRE brings together, in its 300 pages, works by the best choral composers from Anchieta to Elberdin. Standing out among them are Jesus Guridi, Aita Donostia, Vicente Goicoechea, Javier Busto and Xabier Sarasola. The anthology brings together holy and secular works, in Euskera, Spanish, French and Latin, ranging from simple to highly complex pieces. The works in the compilation, including some as popular as "Maite" by Pablo Sorozábal and "Maitia, nun zira?" by José Uruñuela, have undergone a critical review process coordinated by composer and publisher, David Azurza.

AHAIRE was published by EAE thanks to sponsorship by the Etxepare Basque Institute, the Mikel Laboa Chair of the University of the Basque Country (UPV- EHU) and the Olaso Dorrea Foundation. Special support came from Eresbil-Basque Archive of Music and the Choral Competition of Tolosa.

AHAIRE will be distributed at the 11th World Symposium of Choral Music, from 22 to 29 July in Barcelona. EAE will have its own stand, bringing Euskal Herria to this important congress through its work in education and information.

The Confederation of Basque Country Choirs - Euskal Herriko Abesbatzen Elkartea (EAE) represents 400 choruses and 12,000 choristers from the Basque Country. As part of its activities aimed at promoting Basque choirs, the organization takes on the important job of publishing Basque choral music.

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