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Monteverdi festival

Officium Ensemble | Madrigais

Book II


2017 will be marked by the celebrations of the 450th anniversary of the birth of one of the most important figures in the History of Music: Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643). Considered the father of Opera, his L’Orfeo, from 1607, was the first work to bring together all the basic ingredients of opera in a consistent form. The first lyrical dramas of Monteverdi were created for the Court of Mantua, but his later masterpieces were already destined for audiences in Venice, where he caused one of the greatest masterpieces of all time to be sung: The Vespers of the Blessed Virgin. The CCB will be commemorating this genius from the history of music with a weekend of concerts.

The first decade of the seventeenth century brought a genuine revolution in musical terms, in which both the medieval knowledge and practices, anchored in counterpoint, imitative polyphony and modality (prima prattica), were suddenly replaced by a new way of conceiving music, with the invention of monody accompanied by a continuous bass and a harmonic conception of the composition (seconda prattica). Composers and musicians, perfectly aware of the radical nature of their proposals – even though they based their actions on a return to the classical ideals of Ancient Greece – established their claim to be nuove musiche. Madrigals are the best way for us to accompany this revolution in music.

17 september 2017 | 2:30PM

Luís de Freitas Branco Room
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