Spanish baroque music
Songs from Spanish Golden Age Theatre
This programme presents a selection of tonos or canciones from the Spanish Golden Age, most of them unpublished, by four of the best Spanish composers of the time—Juan Hidalgo, Juan de Navas, Sebastián Durón and Francisco Valls. A tono is a solo song, usually with a profane text, whose origin can be found in the songs or airs performed in comedies, operas and zarzuelas. Such songs were taken out of the works for which they were composed and came to form part of a separate repertoire in court circles not only in Spain but also in Austria and France, where they enjoyed great success.