Choir Viri Galilaei
Viri Galilaei was formed in 1985 by the actual director, Enzo
Ventroni, as part of an important initiative led by Franciscan
friar Father Galileo Babbini. Educational in nature, this initiative
provides individual support for youth and families. From among
the people who gravitate around this initiative came the initial
members of the choir who, under the guidance based on the director's
previous experience, began to concentrate on Gregorian Chant as
a cultural and religious patrimony to be explored and cultivated
above all in its liturgical context.
Gregorian Chant, which has its roots in primitive forms of
religious expression of Christianity, is the official chant of
the Catholic Liturgy which has passed down through the centuries.
The 20th Century and in particular the years following the Second
Vatican Council have witnessed an important revival of interest
in Gregorian Chant within the Christian Community. Largely responsible
for this are the Benedictine monks of Solesmes (France) who, since
the 18th Century, have significantly contributed to critical research
on the chants' origins.
The 20 members of "Viri Galilaei" (which takes its
name from the beginning of the Introit of the Ascension Mass)
initially dedicated their attentions to Liturgical Services. To
this day they accompany the Sunday Evening Mass in the Basilica
of San Salvatore al Monte in Florence. In addition, the choir
is frequently invited to sing for special Liturgical celebrations
in many important churches, like the Cathedrals of Florence and
Fiesole, the Basilicas of San Miniato al Monte and Santa Trinita.
On 1 November 1993 and 30 October 1994, Masses in the Church of
San Salvatore in Ognissanti and in the basilica of Santa Croce
respectively, were broadcasted by Italian television networks.
The latter of these Masses was in honour of the 750th anniversary
of the founding of the basilica.
In January, 1993, the choir held its first concert in the
Basilica of San Miniato al Monte (Florence), in honour of the
inauguration of the inter-religious Cultural Centre "Genesis".
On 9, June 1993 it held a concert in the Church of Santa Maria
de' Ricci (Florence), during the concert season organised by A.gi.mus,
performing chants from the Proprio of the Lenten and Easter periods.
- 11.7.93 Basilica of San Miniato al Monte in Florence
- 17.7.93 Romanic Pieve of Cascia in Reggello
- 3.8.93 Duomo of Uberlingen, Germany
- 3.1.94 Basilica of Santa Trinita in Florence (chants of Advent
- 5.1.94 Pieve of San Martino in Sesto Fiorentino
- 25.4.94 Basilica of Santa Trinita in Florence
- 20.5.94 Church of Santi Apostoli and San Biagio in Florence
- 1.11.94 Cenacle of Ghirlandaio, Convent of Borgo Ognissanti
in Florence (chants from the Proprio of the Saints)
Associazione Corale di canto gregoriano "Viri Galilæi"
c/o Enzo Ventroni Via Squarcialupi, 8
Tel +39-55-331268 oppure +39-55-8071246
Fax 39 55 218839
Repertorio: liturgia gregoriana
Presidente e direttore dr. Enzo Ventroni
Vicedirettore : dr. Letizia Putignano
Consiglio Direttivo : dr. Alessandro Guidi. dr. Letizia Putignano,
dr. Enzo Ventroni.
Voci soliste : Letizia Putignano, Enzo Ventroni.
(Last updated: Tuesday 26 September 1995)
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