Musica Ficta (Spanish ensemble)

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Musica Ficta (Spain) is a Spanish early music ensemble founded in 1992 by Raúl Mallavibarrena, who is also founder and director of Ensemble Fontegara, and of the record label Enchiriadis.[1][2]

The current ensemble includes:

  • Musica Ficta: Eva Juárez, Marta Infante, Alicia Berri, Miguel Bernal, Luis Vicente. Mallavibarrena (percussion and director)[3]
  • Ensemble Fontegara: Marie Nishiyama (renaissance harp), Rafael Bonavita (vihuela and renaissance guitar)

Raúl Mallavibarrena[edit]

Mallavibarrena (born Oviedo 1970) studied guitar with Carmen Ross at the Conservatory of Music in Madrid, flute with Giulio Capocaccia, Music Theory with Alvaro Zaldivar, Chamber Music with Emilio Moreno, Gregorian chant with Ismael Fernández de la Cuesta, basso continuo with Guido Morini, and conducting with Martin Schmidt and Helmut Rilling.[4] Mallavibarrena began directing choirs at age 17, specializing in music of the Renaissance and the Baroque.

A notable contribution to the rediscovery of Spanish renaissance music was the recovery and the three-volume complete recording of the 61 spiritual villanescas of Francisco Guerrero with the sponsorship of la Junta de Andalucía.[5]

In 2005 with the orquesta Civitas Harmoniae, Musica Ficta performed, and Mallavibarrena conducted, the zarzuela “Salir el Amor del Mundo" by Sebastián Durón en el Teatro Arriaga of Bilbao.



  1. ^ Performing Arts Yearbook for Europe 2005 p.262
  2. ^ {ca} Cos de Mestres. Educació Musical. Temari Isabel Gil Vera / {es} Cuerpo de Maestros. Educación Musical. Temario. Isabel Gil Vera
  3. ^ Homepage in Spanish
  4. ^ biography in Spanish
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ "The surprise of the year" El País
  7. ^ The Dallas Morning News 6/6/2001; 700+ words Missa Gaudeamus Musica Ficta"
  8. ^ Magazine article from: Notes; 12/1/2003; Anderson, Rick; 560 words Officium Defunctorum
  9. ^ CANCIONERO DE TURÍN Magazine article from: Fanfare; 5/1/2007; Brenesal, Barry; 700+ words
  10. ^ Magazine article from: Fanfare; 5/1/2007; Weber, J F; 576 words regnum caelorum. Petre ego pro te rogavi
  11. ^ Magazine article from: Fanfare; 5/1/2008; Weber, J F; 470 words GUERRERO Villanescas