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Sinfonia: instrumental excerpts from Poppea & Madrigal books VII and IX

Claudio Monteverdi (b. 1567 - d. 1643)

Elbipolis Barockorchester Hamburg

Elbipolis Barockorchester Hamburg

Composer
Claudio Monteverdi (b. 1567 - d. 1643)
Composition Year
16th-17th century
Artists
Ruby Hughes [mezzo-soprano], Elbipolis Barockorchester Hamburg (Albrecht Kühner [violin], David Maria Gramse [violin], Kate Hearne [cello], Andreas Arend [theorbo], Veronika Brass [harpsichord])

Programme Note Writer:
© Kate Hearne

Claudio Monteverdi is probably the most famous Italian composer of the late 16th- and early 17th-century. His output marks the transition from the Renaissance style of music to that of the Baroque. He became maestro di capella at St. Mark’s in Venice in 1613, famously restoring the musical standard of both the choir and orchestra, restocking the library and recruiting new musicians. Although Monteverdi composed very little instrumental music, his methods of instrumentation were considered well beyond his years and his influence spread to those around him. Monteverdi’s epic opera L’incoronazione di Poppea is his last, and perhaps greatest work. First performed in Venice in 1643, it established the composer as the leading musical dramatist of his time. Madrigal book VII was published in 1619 under the title Concerto, while book IX did not appear until 1651, 8 years after the composer’s death, and contains a mixture of lighter works dating from different periods during Monteverdi’s lifetime. 

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Sinfonia: instrumental excerpts from Poppea & Madrigal books VII and IX

Composer: Claudio Monteverdi (b. 1567 - d. 1643)
Performance date: Monday 1st July 2013
Venue: St. Brendan's Church, Bantry, Co Cork, Ireland

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Composer Claudio Monteverdi (b. 1567 - d. 1643)
Work Title Sinfonia: instrumental excerpts from Poppea & Madrigal books VII and IX
Composition Year 16th-17th century
Artist(s) Ruby Hughes [mezzo-soprano], Elbipolis Barockorchester Hamburg (Albrecht Kühner [violin], David Maria Gramse [violin], Kate Hearne [cello], Andreas Arend [theorbo], Veronika Brass [harpsichord])
Performance Date Monday 1st July 2013
Performance Venue St. Brendan's Church, Bantry, Co Cork, Ireland
Event Coffee Concert
Duration 00:07:16
Recording Engineer Damian Chennells, RTÉ lyric fm
Instrumentation Category Small Mixed Ensemble
Instrumentation S-solo, 2vn, vc, lu, hpd
Programme Note Writer © Kate Hearne

Claudio Monteverdi is probably the most famous Italian composer of the late 16th- and early 17th-century. His output marks the transition from the Renaissance style of music to that of the Baroque. He became maestro di capella at St. Mark’s in Venice in 1613, famously restoring the musical standard of both the choir and orchestra, restocking the library and recruiting new musicians. Although Monteverdi composed very little instrumental music, his methods of instrumentation were considered well beyond his years and his influence spread to those around him. Monteverdi’s epic opera L’incoronazione di Poppea is his last, and perhaps greatest work. First performed in Venice in 1643, it established the composer as the leading musical dramatist of his time. Madrigal book VII was published in 1619 under the title Concerto, while book IX did not appear until 1651, 8 years after the composer’s death, and contains a mixture of lighter works dating from different periods during Monteverdi’s lifetime.