Countertenor: Lawrence Zazzo. Wigmore Hall, London, Wednesday 21st September. Indeed, while Zazzo undoubtedly possesses a natural and engaging theatricality, dramatic impact is sometimes achieved at the expense of vocal beauty and formal grace. In the first half of the recital, his voice seemed at times a little unyielding, the phrasing rather rigid. Vowing to defy and overthrow his father, the King of Pontus, the duplicitous Farnace reaches fiery emotional heights as he whips up a fierce and furious storm of resentful pride.
The relaxed central section was especially relaxed and sincere. The concert also featured two lively symphonies, which may or may not be the work of the teenage Mozart, but certainly indicated a burgeoning individuality. Moreover, while the small forces accompanied the soloist sensitively, in the instrumental works the two horns were inevitably a little exposed. Despite this, in the second of the two symphonies performed, they produced some sweet, sustained pianissimos. In the Italianate K. Send a link to this article to a friend with an optional message.
Mme Duschek was clearly comfortable up to a2 or b-flat2, but rarely sang higher than that. On 7 February Mozart mentions that he had passed on K. It seems Mme Duschek was particularly good at portraying contrasting emotional states in quick succession, an advantage to a concert artist who does not have costumes, scenery, and other trappings of an opera. But she clearly had a voice capable of singing opera. Prague: A. Haafe, , vol. A rather mediocre violin played. The monarch remained from beginning to end, himself often clapped bravo and betokened his entire satisfaction.
Come lasciar potrei il mio primiero amor. Et Non vi turbate, no etc. Le soir apres 7h au Concert chez le Pce de Paar. Me Duschek chanta au perfection. Un violon assez mediocre se fit entendre. Dates for concerts during Lent have been accounted for, on all but a handful days: 15, 17, 25, and 29 March. She was accompanied by the famous pianist Mozart and the virtuoso violinist [Johann Friedrich] Eck [from Munich]. The accompaniment cost Mme Duschek Thaler. Expensive Austrian musicians!
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Duschak extra Audienz. Ihr accombanirte der famose Fliglist Mozart und H. Virtuos Eck. Nach den Feyertagen gehen sie von Wienn ab. Duschek Thaler. Charles dont Msgr. No two observers will necessarily see things in exactly the same way or remember the same details. Good Heavens, with so many other singing errors, it is too bad that she cannot use her strong voice to any better advantage.
And what is the cause of it? He has no better understanding, and has taught her, and continues to teach her, that she alone has true taste. Incidentally, she is not so flexible and moderate as a singer, has done nothing except sing at court, — the archbishop had nothing to say to her at the casino.
In short, she only sang, as I already indicated, at the request of Herr Weiser, to please the magistrate, because she is still a blood relation of an ex-mayor and city councilor. It is tempting to hear a little jealousy in this passage, both because Mme Duschek was in Salzburg to collect her inheritance, and also because she was neglecting his son in favor of Naumann.
Her inheritance meant that she did not have to earn money as a singer; a guidebook published in Prague in reported that Mme Duschek gave an academy for the benefit of the poor that produced a surplus of gulden. Norton, , p. At last, on the evening before the day of the first performance, when he had been frivolous long enough, he went into his room towards midnight, began writing, and in a few hours had completed this admirable masterpiece.
Prague: W. Gerle, , vol. Kapellmeisters Wolfgang Gottlieb Mozart Prague, , pp. But Mozart also got to avenge himself as well, for he threatened to destroy the aria if his host could not perform it flawlessly at first sight. Or did Mozart hear the aria in Italy? Mozart, ed. Although the embellishments are slightly higher, they do not go above a2. The aria is in E-flat major marked Allegro con spirito and requires a range of two full octaves, b-flat to b-flat2.
Herr Tricklir spielte ein Concert auf dem Violoncello. Much of the music is formulaic, but Naumann begins the second paragraph in D flat, followed by a sequence in C, before returning to the tonic E flat. On 22 April she gave a concert at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, featuring K. Although this possibility is intriguing, I think it more likely that Mozart passed this aria on to her in or later. What we need is further information on how and when such transactions were made.
A program dated 22 April , with the complete texts of the arias, survives in the Leipzig Stadtgeschichtliches Museum. This would seem to suggest that Mozart considered the arias the property of a singer, even if the composer retained a copy or the autograph. They could have been scored from a now-lost or unidentified set of parts.
Certainly, many of these arias were in her repertory, including K. Only K. Unfortunately, it is impossible to say whether the manuscripts originally belonged to Mme Duschek or possibly copied from material she owned; her estate catalogue does not include her music collection. At most, the motets appear occasionally in church music repertoire. As always with such ventures, new discoveries are to be expected regarding the body of works, source material and the context of the works.
This concerns not only beautiful music, but rather a deepening of our understanding of Pachelbel as a key figure between southern and central German traditions, and the recognition of an oeuvre which has all too often been pushed into the shadows by the mighty Bach. As a chronological order is not possible in many cases, the individual works have been arranged according to scoring within their groups.
The range of doubtful works incorporated is quite wide. The volumes of the Complete Vocal Works can also be purchased individually. The theme is taken from Greek mythology: The opera describes the war between Teucer the future founder of Troy , his Phrygian people and the army of Dardanus. This Urtext edition presents the work for the first time in the four-choir version that Pergolesi wrote for the above mentioned performance in Rome. Choirs III and IV are reproduced in smaller type and are added to the version for double choir in order to intensify the overall sound.
This allows the work to be performed not only with two choirs but also in the delightful enlarged version for four choirs. Dramatic roles, with their various moods and reactions, are characterised through arias. The editions from and both include music for the Mass and Vespers, but each of these collections was composed under much different circumstances during Monteverdi's lifetime. If the works of are a bold combination of traditional compositional techniques and avant garde music, which were intended by this weary court composer at Mantua as an application portfolio for a new job, the collection is the only church music by the mature Monteverdi which was published after almost thirty years in his position as Music Director of St.
Mark's Cathedral: the latter, a kind of "best of" collection from his many years of experience as a church musician. In Venice the composer had not only a fabulous, but a large ensemble at his disposal finally, about 35 singers, alone! The big effect in this music is the combination of soloistic and weighty tutti sections, it makes the music, with its clearly defined sections and, for the most part homophonic choral passages more easily performable than the Vespers for today's choirs. The new edition, comprised initially of three volumes, also includes those works from the Selva Morale a Mass and two Magnificats which have already been published by Carus, as well as all further liturgical compositions for use in the church.
The present volume, Salmi I, contains each of the first of the multiple settings of the psalms, as well as the "Credidi. It contains a great deal of intimate musical innuendos. This particular work includes two oboes, two Corni da Caccia and strings. Vocal soloists, choir and instruments alternate and have equal musical standing in this festive Whitsun cantata which provides a valuable addition to the church service or concert repertoire. In addition to his best-known field of creativity — organ music — his choral compositions form another major part of his oeuvre.
This edition contains a selection of his sacred a cappella choral works. Their scoring, level of difficulty and length make them ideal for choirs who are wary of tackling the large-scale Op. Vocal Score on sale, Performing Materials on hire.
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Stanford, one of the first British musicians to recognise Parry's talent, called him the greatest English composer since Purcell. Asked to write a new piece, Parry turned, at the suggestion of his colleague George Grove, to Milton's ode "At a solemn musick" which he had been considering setting for many years. Reviewing the concert, The Times said of Blest Pair of Sirens: The choral writing is in eight parts and abounds in contrapuntal devices.
At the same time the spirit and the accent of the words are carefully attended to, as befits a work in which "sphere-born harmonious sisters, voice and verse" are invoked to "wed their divine sounds, and mix'd power employ". An excellent rendering contributed to the brilliant success of the ode. The work was an immediate success, and was quickly taken up by other choirs. The following year it was included in the Three Choirs Festival.
Recognised as "one of the outstanding English choral works", it has remained a standard in the choral repertory. This new edition has been prepared from the first published score. Besides being much clearer than the original, certain mistakes and anomalies have also been corrected. This critical edition is by Alan Curtis. Catone in Utica, Antonio Vivaldi's opera with one of the most dramatic libretti by Pietro Metastasio, contains some of Vivaldi's finest, most mature, and most original arias. They evince a potential dramatic intensity that makes us regret all the more the loss of the first act.
This act has now been successfully reconstructed by Vivaldi expert Alessandro Ciccolini, who has also composed cadenzas and da capo variations for all the arias. These four additions to Il Complesso Barocco Edition are landmark publications of Baroque repertoire. The most beautiful choruses from the most popular of Mozart's operas are published in one volume, together with opera choruses by Joseph Haydn. All of the choruses in this varied collection of both known and unknown works by these two great masters contain piano accompaniments and the original singing texts, as well as German translations where applicable.
The pieces for four-part mixed choir range from easy to mid-level difficulty. A supplementary economical edition for choir editionchor, without piano accompaniment has also been published. The individual motets are structured differently and they differ - according to content - in their length and character. Short, rather straightforward pieces stand alongside long, worked-out pieces with greater expressive intensity, and cheerful, optimistic works are juxtaposed with plaintive ones. Cloth-bound full score on sale. In Germany and elsewhere in Europe these four- and five-part settings, whether a cappella or with obbligato organ, are especially suited for services or church concerts.
A supplementary CD, performed and recorded by the Figuralchor Cologne, is also available. The Stabat Mater is among these. It was composed in two different phases between and and received its premiere in Paris in Time and again the vivid language of this text, a Latin poem probably from the 13th century, has inspired settings by composers including illustrious names such as Pergolesi, Joseph Haydn and Verdi. In 10 movements Rossini unites different forms such as aria, duet, quartet and chorus, an operatic aria-like style of writing as well as a strict a cappella style resulting in one of the highpoints of this genre.
For this arrangement, the vocal score CV Stainer and Bell Edited by Michael Nyman Purcell began writing catches around and continued to do so, as convivial occasion demanded, throughout his career. They were reprinted with equal regularity during the eighteenth century and rendered themselves harmless by respectable Victorians like Rimbault. This bowdlerization was a habit which the editor of the Purcell Society edition found impossible to kick even as late as the s.
The present edition restores all the verses Purcell set; corrects the many musical errors which crept in through frequent reprinting and reliance on bad sources. Since the catch was the means of self-expression for the liberated middle class drinking man, it is not surprising that it revolved around three subjects: sex, drink and politics. The politics are mainly jingoistic but in one case — Who goes there?
Oxford University Press Chilcott's four-movement setting of the Latin Gloria will be welcomed by choirs looking for an uplifting and jubilant concert work. The driving 'Gloria in excelsis Deo' features syncopated rhythms and an upper-voice semi-chorus part in the 'Et in terra pax' section, which can be taken from the main choir. The tender yet majestic 'Domine Deus' leads into the lyrical 'Qui tollis peccata mundi', with interweaving melodic lines that express the solemnity of the text.
Finally, the dancing 'Quonium tu solus sanctus' keeps singers on their toes with its upbeat tempo and lively cross-rhythms, culminating in exultant 'Amen's for a suitably exhilarating ending. Full Score and Performing Materials on hire. All the more amazing is the discovery of an authentic, subsequently added "Libera me" movement that is found in the main sources autograph score, original parts , but had not been published up to now. The complete liturgical form of the Requiem requires a "Libera me" and with this new edition, Cimarosa's Requiem can now finally be performed again its entirety, more than years after it was written.
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Reinmar Emans' new Urtext edition thus contains much more than just the previously known music text. Valuable aid was provided here by a number of contemporary copies which yielded further important details. As he neither released the work for publication nor produced a vocal score, his psalm setting did not appear in print until after his death.
For this edition the authoritative Mendelssohn specialist John Michael Cooper drew primarily on the autograph score with its many subsequent corrections and amendments. In this way it differs from many other editions, which tend to treat the autograph as a subordinate source. Rounding off the edition are an informative Foreword and a detailed Critical Commentary. The piano reduction is based on the first printed edition, published by F.
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His deep study of the sources convinced him to include a fully realized organ part in the score, just as Beethoven envisioned it for the first printed edition. As stated in the sources, the parts for the soloists and choir are notated on joint staves to demonstrate that the soloists are also to sing the choral passages.
Universal Edition "The Berlin Mass is intended to be sung liturgically during Pentecost, and includes the Veni Sancte Spiritus specific to that service. The gently unfolding repetition deliberately avoids dramatic and pictorial elements, exuding quiet dignity and a profound sense of joy. The vocal scores have almost no interpretive markings.
Dynamics and tempi are left to the performers; it is their task to experience and communicate the rich spiritual possibilities offered in the music. The work is devout and transparent. For the willing listener, it can be a clear window into the soul.
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The occasion was a celebration of Mass, and the music, scored for four singers and organ, had a strictly liturgical function. Davis, music critic Study Score on sale.
The figurative language of the requiem text offered Biber a wealth of possibilities for expressive interpretation. The intensity of the musical language used to portray lamentation and mourning is impressive. The sound impact of this broadly conceived work is governed by the choirs in an almost theatrical exegesis of the text. This job he fulfilled partially by reworking works which had already been premiered in Vienna. In the case of the Paris Alceste , which Gluck had also originally composed for Vienna , the composer created a completely new version which was to become the prototype of the so-called reform opera.
The libretto was translated from the former Italian into French and was altered at the same time, but also the music was fundamentally changed: Gluck newly composed the recitatives and rearranged, enlarged or cut scenes. The initial rejection of the work by the audience caused him to further alter the third act, for example by adding the character of Hercules as Alceste's saviour. In this form the opera finally became a big success. Performance Materials on hire.
The Carus edition draws on both of the two sources regarded as important, the autograph score and the first printed edition, with careful consideration given to variant readings. Consequently, a music text has been prepared which reflects the composer's intentions as closely as possible. Great emphasis has been placed on a clear-to-read layout of the full score pages, as well as excellent legibility for the parts, which are available on sale.
With current performance practice in mind, the clarinet parts are notated in B flat instead of A, corresponding with the first printed edition. The vocal score has been newly prepared to reflect current practical requirements. In he was appointed music director of the city of Magedburg. We do not know the year of its first performance.
The libretto is by Johann Samuel Patzke. The first movement, with its unusual harmonies and contrasting tempi, is very distinctive. Through a subtle instrumentation on the one hand and broadly sweeping dramatic gestures on the other, Massenet was able to retain the basic idea of an unrequited, passionate love on the opera stage as well. Since the singer of the world premiere apparently had vocal problems, Massenet subsequently made some reductions in the closing duo, which have now been eliminated.
It was held in extraordinarily high esteem by such composers as Beethoven and Schumann and served as a model for early 19th-century Requiem settings. Dispensing entirely with solo voices, it captivates with its rigorous formal concentration and its restrained use of musical resources in both choir and orchestra. Rounding off this exemplary Urtext publication is an informative Introduction and a Critical Commentary Eng. The volume pays tribute to Britain's greatest writer, presenting a selection of his finest texts set to music by some of today's most accomplished choral composers.
This edition recreates the music of this service by bringing together settings by Porpora of the five psalms of the Marian cursus Dixit Dominus, Laudate pueri, Laetatus sum, Nisi Dominus, and Lauda Jerusalem and the Magnificat canticle, along with two settings of the Marian antiphon Salve Regina, which would have been sung as an additional devotion following the canonical liturgy. Consequently, they have been adapted for all-female choir and soloists in this edition.
This composition of is an early work, still written in the baroque stylistic tradition of the southern German region, but it also reveals subjective inspiration which separates it from many mass settings by Haydn's contemporaries. With this mass dedicated to the Slavic apostles Cyrill and Methodius it is possible that Haydn applied for a position in Brno and it actually appears as if the year-old composer wanted to present a masterpiece demonstrating his skills. This mass is published here in the first edition. In he unsuccessfully tried to obtain the Kapellmeister post in Dresden but it was the young up-and-comer Johann Adolf Hasse who was hired instead.
Although, or perhaps because, his works were very original and unconventional for his day, Zelenka was not adequately appreciated during his lifetime by the Saxon court in Dresden, for whom he wrote countless sacred works. No wonder that Johann Sebastian Bach, who was six years younger, had works by Zelenka in his library, and admired the composer.
Today, Zelenka ranks next to Bach and Handel in church music as a giant both idiosyncratic and autonomous. Vocal Score on sale, Performance Materials on hire.
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The excellent libretto is one of the few original opera libretti that he set to music. The plot is tightly constructed, the characters sharply etched and equipped with a wide range of human emotions. Agrippina is married to her third husband, the Roman emperor Claudius. After he is presumed dead, she attempts with deception and intrigue to place her son Nero on the throne. The vocal score includes all the numbers from the appendix of the full score.
Vocal Score and Full Score on sale. It is a medley of British sea songs and for many years has been seen as an indispensable item at the BBC's Last Night of the Proms concert. The complete work is made up of nine parts which follow the course of the battle from the point of view of a British sailor, starting with the call to arms, progressing through the death of a comrade, thoughts of home, and ending with a victorious return and the assertion that Britain will continue to 'rule the waves'.
Individual sections can be omitted if required. The fantasia commences with a series of six naval bugle calls and their responses. These calls were traditionally used to convey orders on a naval warship. Originally for orchestra with a singer in Rule Britannia , this new arrangement by Peter Lawson has added a choir throughout as all of the tunes used except the bugle calls started life as sea songs. The accompaniment can be provided either by an orchestra or just a piano.
In this song of praise to the miracle of Christmas, majestic sounding choral passages alternate with the soloistic roles of Maria, the Angel and the shepherd, accompanied by the sound of pastoral instruments. The music is varied, containing stylistic elements ranging from the late romantic to neo-Baroque, as well as echoes of Gregorian chant.
And towering above all is Respighi's trademark: the art of orchestration. The detailed foreword brings out the special nature of this cycle. Alternative readings from the autograph offer valuable suggestions for a nuanced performance. His earliest music shows both these influences, and it was some time before he found his own style. This was partly due to the war itself. Bridge was a pacifist, like his great pupil Benjamin Britten, and the war hit him badly. He became interested in the radical composers of Europe, and especially in Alban Berg.
Public sympathy gradually withdrew from him at a time when he was actually writing his best works. He never relinquished his grip on tonality and to the end his music has that indefinable air best called Englishness, but his norm of dissonance became very high. He experimented with polytonality and the actual tonal centre of some of his works is hard to define, though present. His songs follow the general pattern of his development. The tenor and bass parts are distributed among the mezzo-sopranos and altos, with a few well thought-out alterations to preserve the harmonic structure.
Heribert Breuer has retained the original substance with great skill while giving the work a wholly new and attractive sound. Heribert Breuer was professor of choral conducting and music theory at Berlin University of the Arts until He is the founder and conductor of the Berlin Bach Academy. It was first performed on Good Friday, in Kassel. It is based on the theologically most significant portions of the Revelations of John in the New Testament, whose visions of death and eternity Spohr vividly portrayed in music. The work represents an important enrichment to the repertoire of the oratorio, especially suitable for the end of the church year.
It is captivating on account of its masterful instrumentation, excellent use of chromaticism, large-scale solo recitatives and accessible choral passages filled with heartfelt sensitivity on the one hand, and exciting drama on the other. This includes 8,7,6,5,4 strings. Monteverdi published it in together with the larger work which included obbligato instruments - a real alternative for Vesper services and performances where only an organ is available.
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