- J.R. Pascual-Vilaplana
- 4' 50''
- A4 SCORE + PARTES
Dulzaina (G) 1-2
Bb Clarinet 1-2-3
Alt Sax. 1-2
Horn in F 1-2-3-4
Bb Trumpet 1-2-3
Snare Drum/Tenor Drum
Percussion 1 (Pair of Cymbals, Bass Drum)
Percussion 2 (Suspended Cymbal, Tam-tam)
This Valencian march, composed as a Christian march for L’Olleria’s Moors and Christians Festival, takes its name from the discovery of a Muslim period seal on which is written: “He that believeth shall be saved”. Thus, the Latin name makes reference to this quote common to both the Islamic and Christian religions, in witness of the Moors and Christians Festival’s key value: tolerance.
The thematic and rhythmic material draws on popular sources, with cells taken from various folk materials, for example: Jota de l’Olleria, Bailes de los locos, La Muixeranga, las Albaes, la Dançà valenciana, Serra de Mariola and even El tio Pep se va a Muro in homage to the Canet family’s and the composer’s mutual friend, festival participant and writer from Muro, Manuel Pérez Berenguer. It likewise appears as a leit-motif, the introductory motif for the Olleria Festival anthem by our dearly departed friend and teacher Francesc Cerdà. This material is completed by a melodic interval from the Gregorian responsory “Ite in orbem universum” where the verse, “Quien crederit (...) salvus erit...” (“He that believeth shall be saved”) appears.
The work itself is a kaleidoscope of traditional culture, folklore and liturgy, a symbiosis that defines the Moors and Christians tradition while identifying us as a people.
José R. Pascual-Vilaplana