Principal’s Music Series at St. Michael’s College
7:30PM talk and 8PM concert Oct. 24, 2014
Madden Auditorium, Carr Hall, St. Michael’s College, 100 St Joseph Street
MOTETS WITH SYMPHONIES
In the typically effusive dedication to the Holy Roman Empress, Monteverdi says her protection gave him the confidence ‘to bring to light this spiritual and moral wood’. We present his Confitebor Tibi ‘alla Francese’ (‘if you like, with four violins, leaving the soprano voice solo’), Monteverdi’s vice-maestro Grandi’s O vos omnes (scored for violas, since violins might be too jaunty for the text), other music from Monteverdi’s Selva Morale e Spirituale and Grandi’s Motetti con Sinfonie and sonatas for strings and theorbo. Tickets at the door. Doors open at 7PM.
“Who can hear this
And falls not down and worships? In my fancy…
Fair-haired Calliope, on her ivory lute
But something short of this sung Ceres praises…
The motion of the spheres are out of time,
Her musical notes but heard.”
So the Roman Emperor Domitain praises the singing of Domitia Longina, his future wife, in Massinger’s play The Roman Actor.
We can’t promise to deter the motion of the spheres, or excel the performance skill of Calliope, but we can bring you music from a time when, poets and playwrights tell us, singers were better than the muses, lutenists were all like Orpheus, and composers aspired to stop, or at least wound time.