20 Jul 2017

[Vocal Thursday]

Handel wrote 'Il trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno' (The Triumph of Time and Enlightenment) when he was 22. It was his very first Italian oratorio. Why am I posting this? Because it is my sister's favourite Handel oratorio :) Congrats again Alison Lau...

14 Jul 2017

[Vocal Saturday]

More Gesualdo! Here is another fine example of his mind-blowing harmonic language. 'Moro, lasso, al mio duolo' from his 6th book of madrigals. Look no further than the first two bars: C# major -> A minor...!

'I die, alas, in my suffering,

And she who coul...

13 Jul 2017

[Vocal Thursday]

'Full of tears will be that day
When from the ashes shall arise
The guilty man to be judged;
Therefore spare him, O God,
Merciful Lord Jesus,
Grant them eternal rest. Amen.'





10 Jul 2017

[Vocal Tuesday]

Carlo Gesualdo (c. 1561 - 1613) was a late Renaissance / early Baroque composer. The music in his sixth book of madrigals (1611) employed 'abrupt changes in texture' and chromaticism that 'is extensively unusual, and the harmonic language is so beyond t...

8 Jul 2017

[Cantata Sunday]

Bach wrote Wo gehest du hin? (Where are you going?), BWV 166 in this first year in Leipzig. The cantata quotes the Gospel reading 'But now I go to Him who sent me, and none of you asks me, "Where are you going?"' The aria here has an unmistakable dance...

7 Jul 2017

[Vocal Saturday]

Since its first performance in Berlin in 1755, Carl Heinrich Graun’s (1704 - 1759) “empfindsame” (sensible) Passion Cantata "Der Tod Jesu" had long been one of the most frequently performed works in this genre. For about 150 years this work, like Handel...

6 Jul 2017

[Vocal Thursday]

Johann Christoph Bach (1642 - 1703), uncle of J.S. Bach, is considered the most important member of the Bach family in the generations before his nephew. Ach dass ich Wassers genug hatte is a solo cantata / lament written for alto soloist, violin, three...

2 Jul 2017

/Music of the 17th and 18th centuries/

[Cantata Sunday]

'Ach Herr, mich armen Sünder' (Ah Lord, poor sinner that I am), BWV 135 is written for the third Sunday after Trinity in 1724. The most important theme is from the end of the Gospel reading: 'Thus I say to you that...

1 Jul 2017

/Music of the 17th and 18th centuries/
[Vocal Saturday]

On the day of 1st July, I share with you the single most famous baroque lament in history, written by the most important English baroque composer. 

In this recording, conductor Parrott and soprano Van Evera took an...

29 Jun 2017

/Music of the 17th and 18th centuries/
[Vocal Thursday]

Let's move on to Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach's vocal works today. To me, his Magnificat (1749) is definitely one of the best large-scale choral works composed in the 18th century. 
The work sounds strikingly similar...

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This blog is a platform for me to share music of the 17th and 18th centuries on a daily basis. I do this out of my love for music from the period, and my passion for historically informed performances (HIP). 

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