The German ensemble Capella de la Torre has specialized in early music for winds. Its name has two senses: it pays tribute to Spanish composer Francisco de la Torre (active ca. 1500), who composed the Danza Alta, a famous piece of Renaissance wind music, and it denotes the practice of playing music "de la torre," or "from the tower." The latter sense typifies Capella de la Torre's mission, which has combined musicological research with outreach beyond early music circles in order to bring a sense of how Renaissance music was used in its own contexts; certain genres of wind music were intended for outdoor use.
Capella de la Torre has grown into a leading ensemble for early wind music worldwide. It was founded in 2005 by Katharina Bäuml, a Munich native who has studied and performed on both the modern oboe and its ancestors, the Baroque oboe and the shawm. Since its founding, Capella de la Torre has performed more than 1,000 concerts. The ensemble has attempted to plant the seed for future interest in music of the Renaissance through outreach and educational programming aimed at young people.
Capella de la Torre has released more than 20 CDs, recording for Coviello Classics, Challenge Classics, and Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, among other labels. Its recordings have explored not only the common festive uses of Renaissance instrumental music, but also its association with political power, as on its early album Music for Charles V (2007). A 2014 release, Luther's Wedding Day, explored music that might have been heard when theologian Martin Luther married Katharina von Bora. In 2016 Capella de la Torre was honored as Ensemble of the Year at the prestigious ECHO Klassik awards in Germany, and the following year it released the album Echo der Reformation together with Berlin's RIAS Chamber Choir, as well as Una Serata Venexiana, a group of songs and dances of Renaissance Venice.