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Monteverdi turned music upside down, making emotionally charged creations.Often remembered for his operas, his books of madrigals first appeared in 1587 and continued throughout much of his life.

His first four books of madrigals were in the Renaissance style with all parts being equal. Book V (1605) showed a change toward the
“second practice” with emphasis on the soprano and bass parts. He had already started writing in this new style when he moved to Venice in 1612. Our program includes madrigals in the prima pratica (first practice) and scherzo musicali which are already approaching the seconda pratica with instrumental ritornelli with two upper voices and a bass line. Monteverdi’s “Laudate Dominum in sanctis eius” for solo voice and continuo, an undated work published in a 1640 collection, is an example of a florid work in early baroque style.

Giacomo Carissimi (1605-1674) was associated with the German College in Rome for the majority of his life. His disinterest in the position at San Marco in Venice upon Monteverdi’s death in 1643 allowed for some interesting positions. In 1655-56 he was given the title Maestro di Cappella del Concerto di Camera by the Queen of Sweden in exile in Rome. During the 1650s he composed and conducted works for the Oratorio del S. Crocifisso. Carissimi’s Jephte, an important example of the oratorio form composed by 1650 is based on the story of Jephtha in the Old Testament Book of Judges. Our performance includes the last two movements of this work on this most tragic story. Jephtha’s daughter poignantly sings of her fate. As she is taken away, the chorus cries with her and for her. Carissimi’s masterful setting includes dissonances, suspensions and repetition of words.

Instrumental works include a sonata by Dario Castello, perhaps one of the musicians named Castello in Venice during Monteverdi’s time, Luigi Rossi and Alessandro Stradella. The Stradella composition that opens the program is in quasi-improvisatory style with many sections but no definite movements. The second work by Stradella is a mini sonata with four distinct movements. Music during the 17th century was in constant flux as the composers changed their compositional styles.

The intensity of these works created in Rome (the city of the wolf) and Venice (that of the Lion) changed the world forever.

Join Carolina Pro Musica and the UNC Charlotte Chorale for this journey to Italy at a most significant time.

February 20, 2016   8:00 PM   Sharon Presbyterian Church, Chapel, 5201 Sharon Road, Charlotte, NC 28210

Repeat February 21, 2016  3:00 PM  Belmont Abbey Basilica, 100 Belmont-Mt. Holly Rd, Belmont NC 28012

Tickets and information: www.carolinapromusica.org