San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
In August 1628, Heinrich Schütz escaped war-ravaged Dresden and travelled to Venice, where he had studied with Gabrieli almost twenty years before. In a letter written after his return in late the next year, Schütz remembered “staying in Venice as the guest of old friends, I learned that the long unchanged art of composition had changed somewhat: the ancient rhythms were partly set aside to tickle the ears of today with fresh devices.”
During his visit, he certainly heard the madrigals and motets of Monteverdi as well as virtuoso sonatas by Biagio Marini and Dario Castello. Marini’s eighth set of sonatas, subtitled "Curiose e Moderne Inventioni" was published in Venice during Schütz’s visit, as was the Dresden Kappelmeister’s own collection of motets, the first set of his Symphoniæ Sacræ. The spirit of the “new music” he heard in Venice remained an inspiration throughout his life and Magnificat’s program offers a taste of these innovative, expressive and curious inventions.
The program will feature Monteverdi’s madrigals, Armato il cor and Zefiro torna, the motet Exulta filia Sion, and his setting of the Salve Regina and Schütz's setting of the Song of Song text Anima mea liquefacta es, and his motets, Exultavit cor meum and Es steh Gott auf. Sonatas by Marini, Castello and the Dresden court violinist Carlo Farina and toccatas by Alessandro Piccinini and Johann Jacob Froberger will be interwoven into this kaleidoscopic journey from Dresden to Venice and back.
Note that Magnificat will perform this program in San Francisco on Friday evening, January 10 and that the Sunday evening performance in San Jose is presented by the San Jose Chamber Music Society.
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Magnificat Baroque Ensemble
Magnificat is an ensemble of voices and instruments under the direction of Warren Stewart that specializes in the music of the Early Baroque. For twenty years Magnificat has explored the emotionally charged music of the 17th Century, each season bringing together an assembly of internationally recognized musicians to present unique and innovative programs that engage the senses and inspire the imagination. Magnificat has offered audiences the chance to hear many significant works by well-known figures of the 17th Century while also uncovering forgotten masterpieces, including many modern premieres. With dramatic flair and sensitivity to historical perspective context, Magnificat imbues each concert with an infectious joy and a delight in musical make-believe.