Episode #1

February 24, 1607: The Premiere of Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo

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Tuesday, June 07, 2011

This is a program about the dawn of opera, but also about secular music becoming through-composed high art (something that had been the exclusive purview of church music). We’ll look at precursors to L’Orfeo in Ancient Greece and Rome, as well as Jacopo Peri’s Euridice, written a generation before Monteverdi.

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I'm looking forward to the entire program. Not sure how much I'll catch of tonight's installment. Work, alas ... :(

Jun. 07 2011 10:05 AM

I have long believed that ornamentation developed in the late Renaissance and early Baroque, especially in Monteverdi's L'Orfeo and the "1610 Vespers," was inspired, if not borrowed, from Torah cantillation. I don't know any early Baroque musician who listens to the shofar calls of the High Holy Days and doesn't think of that repeated-note figure so prominent in the music of the early Baroque.

Jun. 07 2011 09:49 AM

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