The sixteenth edition of the Hay Festival Segovia will be held from September 16 to 19, 2021. For the first time, to celebrate the heritage of Castilla y León there will be a series of previous events in various venues in the region. All events will be in-person — some will be streamed too — respecting the security protocols. More information here.
Rural life has always been linked to music, through rituals and chants of propitiation. This is the area studied by the composer, sound designer, music producer and ethnomusicologist Juan Delgado, who specialises in Segovia province, where practices for the supplication of rain and other conditions that favour the annual cycle of farming labours were widespread until the 1970s. Delgado, whose study will soon be published in book form, has also recently received the Young Composers prize from the SGAE-CNDM Foundation for his composition Ad Pretedam Pluviam.
In a conversation about music and its cultural context, Delgado will talk to the pianist, singer and composer Sheila Blanco, an artist who has given a voice to the women authors of the Generation of 27.
Music has always accompanied key moments in the lives of the people. In the rural world, these moments have been in a context of life rooted in nature, festivals and traditions. Now that depopulation and the need to return to the countryside are being discussed publicly, it is a good time to talk about how music and song have a place in rural life. Who better to revive them than a singer-songwriter like Amancio Prada, whose repertory, full of poetry, spirituality and tradition, reflects the life of country folk? He is a highly acclaimed singer-songwriter, both in Spain and internationally, who has performed in famous theatres, auditoriums and cathedrals during a career that has produced albums such as Caravel de caraveles, Canciones de amor y celda and Canciones del alma.
The poet and journalist Carlos Aganzo, author of books such as La flauta de los bárbaros and Jardín con biblioteca, will host this conversation.
Celibidache, Bernstein and Ferrara have been some of those who have taught the art of conducting to Xavier Güell, who led prestigious orchestras including the Los prisioneros del paraíso and La música de la memoria. He has recently published Si no puedes, yo respiraré por ti, the first instalment in a tetralogy about a group of musicians who aim to survive and work in a Europe dominated by totalitarianisms. This first part of the War Quartet is dedicated to the Hungarian composer Béla Bartók.
Jacinta Cremades is a journalist, translator and lecturer in Language and Literature. He has recently published his first novel, Regreso a París, which reflects historical events such as May ’68 and women’s emancipation, told through the stories of three women.
Güell and Cremades will talk to the lecturer, lawyer and writer José María Beneyto, whose books include Los elementos del mundo, El espía que engañó a Hitler and Tragedia y razón. Europa en el pensamiento español del siglo XX.