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Westminster's Summer Choral Festival Chorus performs Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610 with Piffaro, The Renaissance Band.

Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 is known for the grandeur of its conception and the opulence of its sound. No other surviving work from that time is written on such a scale, combining the grandest of public music with the most intimate of solo songs; no other such work calls for the many colorful instruments and uses them in such a daringly modern, virtuosic way.   The work is believed to have been written as an example of what could be done setting texts in different styles, particularly the new theatrical style of which Monteverdi was a great pioneer. Instead of hearing the flowing, closely knit counterpoint expected from a composer like Palestrina of the preceding generation, the Vespers of 1610 is something that's been described as half opera and half dance.


Westminster Summer Choral Festival Chorus
Piffaro: The Renaissance Band
Joe Miller, conductor

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