Research and preformance of the Early Music.
Since its foundation in 1984 Schola Antiqua has focused its activities towards the study, investigation and interpretation of early music especially Gregorian Chant. All of its members were trained as choir boys in the Choir School of the Sta. Cruz del Valle de los Caídos Abbey. Its repertoire covers the whole western liturgical monody (beneventano, ambrosian, mozarabic...) in its different forms, as well as the primitive polyphony of S. Marcial de Limoges, Notre-Dame, Ars Antiqua and Ars Nova. It often introduces alternatim productions in its repertoire both with the organ and with polyphonic combinations, interpreting the Gregorian chant in Spanish polyphony and keyboard plays and in organ masses composers of both French and Italian baroque as well as organists such as Claudio Astronio, Raúl del Toro, Roberto Fresco and Montserrat Torrent. It collaborates regularly in its reconstructions of Gregorian Chant with La Colombina, Ensemble Plus Ultra, His Majesty’s Sagbutts and Cornetts, Ensemble Baroque de Limoges, Ministriles de Marisas, La Grande Chapelle,...
SCHOLA ANTIQUA has performed in numerous festivals in our country, in Europe the United States Japan and Libanum and has recorded them for TVE, RNE, Radio Baviera and Radio France and Radio Suizzera. Its records which are dedicated to pieces of Gregorian Repertoire are a result of its investigations and are reconstructed according to the most ancient manuscripts and monographs regarding the ancient Hispanic liturgy where the songs of the Oficio de Difuntos appear for the first time according to the mozarabic tradition. In conjunction with the Peñaflorida Chapel it has recorded a reconstruction of the “Oficio de Vísperas” with music from the XVI-XVIII centuries from the chapel masters of the Burgo de Osma Cathedral and with the Escolanía de la Abadía de Sta. Cruz has also undertaken the first world recording of Mozarabic Mass according to the reformed ritual by the Sacred Congregation of Rituals. In 2004 it recorded a reconstruction of the Officium Hebdomadae Sanctae by Tomás Luis de Victoria for the brands Glossa in combination with La Colombina during the production of the XLIII Religious Music week in Cuenca. In 2005 it undertook a reconstruction of Officium y Missa pro Defunctis by Mateo Romero together with La Grande Chapelle. Its recordings cover the Octoechos latino (2001), and a reconstruction of a mass given for the Dedication to the Church (2004) and the first recording of the pieces of the “mozarabic" trade involving consecrating the alter. SCHOLA ANTIQUA does not forget the liturgical participation and genuine context of both the Gregorian and Hispanic liturgical monody. This is also confirmed by its reiterated participation in the Religious Music Week in Cuenca within the Triduo Sacro celebrated in the Cathedral or the various “mozarabic” masses in the Sta. Cruz abbey or in the closure of the Old Music week in Estella. It recently participated in the Week End of Early Music in the Queen Elizabeth Hall with Ensemble Plus Ultra and His Majesty’s Sagbutts and Cornetts
JUAN CARLOS ASENSIO PALACIOS began his musical studies in the Escolanía de Santa Cruz del Valle de los Caídos which he would later continue in the Real Conservatorio Superior de Música (Musicology, Transverse Flute, Directing choirs..). As a collaborator in musical projects pertaining to the Caja de Madrid Foundation and RISM he has published different articles in specialized magazines together with transcriptions of the Códice de Madrid and the Códice de Las Huelgas. In 2003 he published a monograph for the Alianza Editorial regarding Gregorian Chant.
He is a collaborator of the Atêlier de Paléographie Musicale of the Solesmes Abbey and Professor of Gregorian Chant and Musical Paleography in the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Salamanca and teacher of the History of Medieval Music and Notation in the Escola Superior de Música of Catalonia. Since its foundation in the year 2002 he has been president of AHisECGre (Hispanic Association for the Study of Gregorian Chant, Member of the Consiglio Direttivo of the AISCGre (Associazione Internazionale Studi di Canto Gregoriano) and editor of the magazine Estudios Gregorianos. He has been director of SCHOLA ANTIQUA since 1996.