1111Rediscovering Monteverdi: feelings become music. Venice celebrates the writer and composer's life and work on his 450° birth anniversary
There is a always a red rose on the tomb of Claudio Monteverdi, in the Basilica of the Frari in Venice, laid by anonymous admirers of the musician who revolutionised music in 1600 by introducing the search for feelings.
On the occasion of the 450th anniversary of the birth of Monteverdi (Cremona 9 May 1567), three great Venetian institutions - the San Marco Procuratorate, the Great School of San Rocco and the Basilica of the Frari - agreed to celebrate the artist who, having attended the court of the Gonzaga in Mantua, arrived in Venice, considered in the first half of the seventeenth century the most significant venue of musical art. Here Monteverdi, who became a priest late in life after the death of his wife, was able to radically develop music by joining the orchestra to chorus and poetry to the worlds of theatre, painting, dance, in an overall vision of sonority.
Monteverdi was in fact the Chapel Master in St. Mark's Basilica, organist and composer for the Great School of St. Rocco and is buried in the Frari church. The celebrations will take place in three moments: Sunday 7 May at 12.45 p.m. at the Frari Basilica for the burial honours, then in San Rocco with the execution of sacred and profane works and compositions accompanied by illustrative lectures on the journey made by the great writer and composer. The concluding moment will be on October 12 at 8 p.m. in the Basilica of San Marco with the execution of one of the most important texts of Monteverdi production: "The Vespers of the Blessed Virgin". The notes of the great musician will therefore reverberate in the places where they were composed.
With these events, the three institutions intend not only to remember the importance of Monteverdian work in the evolution of musical art, but also to underline its extraordinary cultural relevance. A special appointment will be held at the Scuola Grande di San Rocco on 13 May with the presentation of the postcard with a special annulment of Poste Italiane, followed by the conference of David Bryant of Ca 'Foscari on "Monteverdi and Venice" and a concert with music taken from "Orpheus, pastoral story"; "The lament of the nymph"; "The Tancredi and Clorinda Combat", Torquato Tasso's text, Claudio Monteverdi's music. They perform: Orchestra "L. da Ponte" and "Venice Monteverdi Academy", M. Borgioni baritone, directed by Roberto Zarpellon in collaboration with the Galuppi Festival.
At the end of the monteverdian year, in December at San Rocco will be presented the "Vespers of the Assumption", performed by the Marciana Chapel directed by Marco Gemmani, and the Volume on the Venetian Period of Monteverdi by Rodolfo Baroncini and Marco di Pasquale
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