Monteverdi Vespers of 1610
April 19, 2015
@ 4 pm ET
This celebrated masterpiece of music is unparalleled for beauty, musical vision, and grandeur. A rare event for Rochester! With open rehearsal.
About the Vespers:
The 1610 Vespers by Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643) is, according to many, one of the most perfect pieces of music ever written. Written as an audition piece (ultimately successful!) for the post of maestro di capella at San Marco in Venice, this monumental work is the most ambitious piece of sacred music written before the works of Bach several generations later. Calling for forces of at least 24 performers (including 9 solo singers, strings, organ, lutes, trombones and cornettos), the piece ranges from the most intimate solos and duos to a splendid full double choir piece, including complicated counterpoint and a sublime instrumental sonata with a choir of sopranos singing chant above it. The huge scope of this piece, variety of form and style, and its beauty all illuminate the genius of Monteverdi.