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La Justiniana, Op. 2

Giovanni Maria Legrenzi (b. 1626 - d. 1690)

Elbipolis Barockorchester Hamburg  (photo credit: Hans Scherhaufe)

Elbipolis Barockorchester Hamburg (photo credit: Hans Scherhaufe)

Composer
Giovanni Maria Legrenzi (b. 1626 - d. 1690)
Composition Year
1655
Artists
Elbipolis Barockorchester Hamburg (Albrecht Kühner [violin], David Maria Gramse [violin], Kate Hearne [cello], Andreas Arend [theorbo], Veronika Brass [harpsichord]), Ruby Hughes [mezzo-soprano]

Programme Note Writer:
© Kate Hearne

Giovanni Maria Legrenzi’s Sonata La Justiniana appears in a publication of trio sonatas dating from 1655. The interesting thing is that all of the other works in this collection are composed by Legrenzi’s son, Giovanni, who at this stage was in his late 20‘s and already an established composer and violinist at St. Marks in Venice. There is in fact very little we know about Giovanni Maria, other than that he worked as a violinist at the parish church in the Northern Italian town of Clusone and dabbled in composing. Legrenzi junior may have included his father’s trio sonata among his own as a tribute, but he obviously thought it to be worthy of a place among his works.

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La Justiniana, Op. 2

Composer: Giovanni Maria Legrenzi (b. 1626 - d. 1690)
Performance date: Monday 1st July 2013
Venue: St. Brendan's Church, Bantry, Co Cork, Ireland

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Composer Giovanni Maria Legrenzi (b. 1626 - d. 1690)
Work Title La Justiniana, Op. 2
Composition Year 1655
Artist(s) Elbipolis Barockorchester Hamburg (Albrecht Kühner [violin], David Maria Gramse [violin], Kate Hearne [cello], Andreas Arend [theorbo], Veronika Brass [harpsichord]), Ruby Hughes [mezzo-soprano]
Performance Date Monday 1st July 2013
Performance Venue St. Brendan's Church, Bantry, Co Cork, Ireland
Event Coffee Concert
Duration 00:04:30
Recording Engineer Damian Chennells, RTÉ lyric fm
Instrumentation Category Small Mixed Ensemble
Instrumentation S-solo, 2vn, vc, lu, hpd
Programme Note Writer © Kate Hearne

Giovanni Maria Legrenzi’s Sonata La Justiniana appears in a publication of trio sonatas dating from 1655. The interesting thing is that all of the other works in this collection are composed by Legrenzi’s son, Giovanni, who at this stage was in his late 20‘s and already an established composer and violinist at St. Marks in Venice. There is in fact very little we know about Giovanni Maria, other than that he worked as a violinist at the parish church in the Northern Italian town of Clusone and dabbled in composing. Legrenzi junior may have included his father’s trio sonata among his own as a tribute, but he obviously thought it to be worthy of a place among his works.