Sunday, June 11, 2017

Hodgepodge 224/365 - Monteverdi (6/10/17)

On Saturday I attended a delightful concert put together by Jeff DeMarco titled "Festa Italiana! Songs and Dances of Renaissance Italy." David happened to be performing, in Jeff's group Madregalia!! (Jeff's exclamation points), which is why I went—though that sort of music does appeal to me, fortunately. The program consisted of balletti, frottole, scherzi, an omaggio, madrigali, balli, and, my favorite part, several works by Claudio Monteverdi (1567–1643). "The aim of all good music," Monteverdi wrote, "is to affect the soul." The final piece on the program, "Beatus vir" (Psalm 112) from his Selva morale e spirituale, published in 1640 and 1641, never fails to affect my soul. Here's a recording I found on YouTube—not the best visual quality, but good sound. Give it a listen.

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