Concordia Villa Ecclesiae – Italy
Conductor: Paolo Autelitano
The Cultural Association „CORO CONCORDIA VILLA ECCLESIAE – voices of the ancient and noble city of Iglesias“ was established in 2020 on the initiative of some friends with great passion for singing and previous experiences in other choral ensembles.
The main objective that we set ourselves was to enhance and disseminate, through choral singing, the Sardinian tradition, culture and language, both in its traditional expressions and with original songs to keep alive the memory of the history of our beautiful city and its millenary mining culture.
To reach this goal, some members of the choir have written songs in the Sardinian language, in the Iglesiente variant, which tell of daily life, the beauty of our territory and that mining reality that strongly characterizes our beautiful city, Iglesias.
Some of these songs, thanks to the precious collaboration of Maestro Mariano Garau, have become the songs that today allow us to tell the
world the story of our fathers and our daily life as children of the mine.
Central core and reference for all of us, the Director Paolo Autelitano; tireless in the search for the best sounds and capable of making all the members of the choir express to the best of their ability.
In the repertoire both sacred and profane music to be able to tell and accompany every moment of life in music.
In the context of sacred music, songs in both Latin and Italian, from the songs of the Holy Week to those accompanying the Eucharistic celebration, and in Sardinian, from the traditional Deus ti salvet to the Ave Maria by Bepi de Marzi.
The repertoire is completed by songs that speak of the mine through stories of real life and family memories, of historical events such as the strike of May 11th, 1920 and its deaths and the daily life of an Iglesias of the last century and still current.
It was an interesting experience to translate and propose, with the author’s approval, „Pastori“ by maestro Bepi de Marzi, which allowed us to feel this beautiful song more ours.
The choir has been present in the ancient rites of Holy Week since 2022.