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WSN Series: Celebrating Monteverdi’s 450th Birthday
February 19 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm$15
Join the music department as we celebrate the 450th birthday of Italian composer Claudio Monteverdi.
Claudio Monteverdi (1567–1643) was the most significant composer in early seventeenth-century Italy. Born in Cremona, the son of a barber-surgeon, he was trained in the cathedral there by its maestro di cappella (Director of Music), Marc’Antonio Ingegneri. In late 1590 he was appointed court musician to Duke Vincenzo Gonzaga of Mantua, where he wrote madrigals, operas, and sacred music ushering the new “Baroque” style of music focusing on virtuoso performers and new types of text-oriented musical rhetorics that well suited contemporary demands for astonishment and emotional arousal. His opera, Orfeo (1607), is the earliest example of the new genre to keep its place in the repertory today, while his setting of the Vespers (1610) reveled in the new-found power of music to reflect Counter-Reformation fervor.
In 1613, he moved to Venice to take charge of the music at St. Mark’s Basilica, also embedding himself firmly in the social and musical circles of the city. Late in life, he returned to the theatre, exploiting the recent development of “public” opera in Venice to produce Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria (1640) and L’incoronazione di Poppea (1643). The death of “il divino Claudio” was lamented widely across Italy but his music lived on, not least through his students Francesco Cavalli and Heinrich Schütz.
Tim Carter, the David G. Frey Distinguished Professor of Music, will deliver remarks in a concert featuring the Chamber Singers and Sackbut Ensemble, with faculty vocalists Jeanne Fischer and Marc Callahan. String professors Nicholas DiEugenio and Brent Wissick will also perform.