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June 15, 2019

Named for the village outside of Florence from which he hailed, Marco da Gagliano was expected to take holy orders and thus received his early training with a religious confraternity, later with Luca Bati. In 1602, he was engaged as an instructor of singing at San Lore...

July 7, 2018

2018 marks the tercentenary year of François Couperin. Known as 'le Grand', he is the most famous of a line of family musicians and composers that stretches from the 17th to the 19th centuries. The Couperin musical heritage begins with Mathurin Couperin (c.1569–c.1640)...

February 27, 2017

Carl Heinrich Graun, one of the prominent figures in German opera in the 18th century, began his musical life - like so many musicians of his day - as a singer in a choir, which in his case was the Dresden Kreuzschule. Profoundly affected by the Dresden Opera, Graun be...

May 31, 2016

This weekend Consortium Carissimi presents an opera by Bernardo Pasquini (1637-1710) entitled La Sincerità con la Sincerità - or Il Tirinto (1672) - June 3, 4, and 5.

 

Pasquini was an Italian composer of large scale vocal works, such as operas, oratorios, and cantatas,...

February 26, 2016

 

The secular cantata Pygmalion belongs to a genre that is peculiar to the 18th century – that of the melodrama. Meaning a musical drama, either in the sense of opera or of spoken drama interspersed with music, it became a hybrid form in the late 18th century to mean su...

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