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Friday Night Organ: The Italian Baroque CONTINUES!
I know I said we were going back to Germany and the Flemish school BUT last week I forgot to include Claudio Monteverdi. (1567- 1643) WHY you ask? It was a mental block on my part. You may have noticed that we have explored vocal music of a secular and religious nature BUT no opera. That is because prior to 1600 there was no such thing as opera. Which is fine with me because I hate opera---well grand opera anyway. Music aside grand opera is NOTHING more than extreme blue-pill, pussy worshiping soap-opera (no coincidence there) Bullshit. "But what about Wagner?" you say---I say: ever actually read the story line behind Lohengrin, or Tristan and Isolde? Blue pill crap
Well lets get back on topic. The first Opera was written by an Italian named Jacopo Peri, and the work was entitled Dafne. This work has been lost and we only know it through secondary sources. Peri's second Opera Euridice, was written and first performed in 1600. It is the first opera score to have survived to the present day. I've heard this opera and I must admit it is pretty good---no it is not anything like grand opera, rather it is more akin to a long oratorio. The oldest opera still regularly performed is Monteverdi's L'Orfeo, composed in 1607 for the Court of Mantua. BUT even back then the subject matter of these operas was thoroughly blue pill. For example perhaps Monteverdi's most famous opera is L'incoronazione di Poppea, first performed in 1643. It describes how Poppaea, a mistress of the Roman Emperor Nero, is able to achieve her ambition and be crowned empress---you guys can probably guess what is involved in her efforts.
The history of Montevedi's life is extensive so if your interested in the details; here is the link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claudio_Monteverdi So lets get on with some music. No I'm not going to play any of the opera---tough luck EVEN though some it is pretty good. Instead we begin with a pair of toccatas (I and II) ironically from his opera L'Orfeo scored for brass and reed. You'll note it sounds very much like Gabrieli's stuff---demonstrates the power of his influence in San Marco.
And a work for brass, organ and choir Deus in Adjutorium
And here is a small selection from his Vespers, performed in Monteverdi's own church and accompanied by the pipe organ HE used.
Finally his Gloria Patri
Next week back to Germany I PROMISE for real this time---except maybe a short stop over in either Austria or France....or maybe Spain.
I find myself liking the works by Monteverdi more than those by Gabrieli. I wonder if that is due to being jaded by the numerous very talented composers that have followed in the footsteps of these early composers? No doubt the compositions by these earlier composers had a greater impact on the audiences of their time, as opposed to those of us who might be little jaded, having had the opportunity, via technology to listen to such a wealth of composers. Thanks for htis ongoing series.
The truth of opera never made me dislike it enough to banish it completely from listening for me. It is the same as some older music from Bob Dylan. The music is blue pill and not realistic, but it is still good music.
That said, it is not something that I can listen too all of the time, because it will start to get on my wick eventually.
A new menu option is now under Keep it classy on the forum menu above the forum display. The display of it may change in time, but it is a start.
This will keep an easy access archive of these posts, as I enjoy going back to these time to time, and believe that I am not the only one.
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