The Symphony in C office has been busily preparing for the upcoming concert in December! For what is to be our most intimate concert of the season, it will feature emotionally moving works from the graceful Vivaldi, to the heart-wrenching and sublime Pergolesi, to Moravec’s congenial post-modern tribute to Bach… and we want to provide you, our readers, fans and supporters with some history and listening previews by other artists to take you back to the baroque era of music… and to get you pumped for this next concert!
The Baroque Period is generally known to have begun around the early 1600’s and ended with Johann Sebastian Bach’s death in 1750. It was a significant period of change where there was more of a focus on an individual melody, as opposed to serveral independent parts happening at once. It is the basis and foundation of what we consider to be the genre of classical music today.
Symphony in C will be opening with Vivaldi’s Concerto for 4 Violins and Cello, Op. 3 No. 10 in B minor. It is his tenth work in the set of his “L’estro armonico” (in English, the translation is about equivalent to The Genius of Harmony) – a collection of twelve concertos for 1-4 violins, which defined the history of the Baroque era. This concerto is a three movement work and will feature four solo violinists plus the orchestral ripieno (in baroque terms, the full orchestra and in this case, the full string orchestra) and basso continuo (the solo cello.)
This listening preview from YouTube features:
with Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra!
Links to following movements:
movement 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCFPgIkTaao&feature=related
movement 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOcuFezkyog&feature=related
Next on the program is Moravec’s Brandenburg Gate, commissioned and premired by the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra in Carnegie Hall on October 16, 2008. Featuring trumpet, flute, clarinet (which doubles the bass clarinet) solo vioin and strings, it is inspired by Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 to project its energy as well as portray the opening of the Berlin Wall in November of 1989. Read more here: http://www.orpheusnyc.org/Moravec.html
The concert will end with Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, which is known to be his last piece he wrote in his lifetime on his deathbed at twenty-six years old. The work is divided into twelve sections and was written for soprano, alto and strings. Partially due to its background and history, the piece is somber and beautiful and contains very moving melodies. Symphony in C will feature Sarah Moulton, soprano, and Anthony Roth Costanzo, countertenor.
These listening previews of Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater from YouTube only contain sound:
Links to the rest of the piece!
Come join us for what promises to be another wonderful evening of music.
Saturday, December 11, 2010 at 8 pm
Sarah Moulton, soprano
Anthony Roth Costanzo, countertenor
Vivaldi: Concerto for 4 Violins and Cello op.3 #10 in B
Moravec: Brandenburg Gate
Pergolesi: Stabat Mater
(Student Tickets $10 at the door!)
856-963-6683 or www.SymphonyinC.org
Hope to see you there!