Flecha, the musician

flecha sostre palau

In the ceiling of the Palau de la Música Catalana there is an image of Mateo Flecha “the elder”, together with other musicians. His Christmas carols and especially his salads are highly appreciated and increasingly valued in the music world internationally (http://www.palaumusica.cat/tresorsbiblioteca/cat/index.html).

His salads were compiled by his nephew, also musician, Mateo Flecha “the younger”. He did this compilation in Prague while he was in service as chaplain of Mary of Hungary and he took the liberty of changing some of them. For instance, he eliminated some of their five voices. The salads were a genre that combined different cites with music and lyrics, mainly about Christmas, that the listeners from that time could identify. He probably wrote them in the beautiful castle of Prague, the biggest medieval castle in the world.