Posts tagged ‘Holy Mary’

April 14, 2014

music for Holy Monday – aria “Sventurati miei sospiri” from Giovanni Battista Ferrandini’s cantata “Il pianto di Maria”

by ada

The genre of “The Virgin’s Lament”, the passion story told from the perspective of Mary, originates from around the 5th century and has its roots in the Byzantine rite built on that particular teaching of the Council of Ephesus in 431 which declares Mary not only as the mother of Christ but also as the mother of God. It appears in various literary forms and musical settings throughout the centuries, but its purpose is always the same: to express the suffering of a mother who has to watch his son being unjustly killed. 

The aria Sventurati miei sospiri is part of the cantata Il pianto di Maria (Cantata sacra da cantarsi dinanzi al Santo Sepolcro) which, for a very long time was attributed to Georg Friedrich Händel but was actually composed by Giovanni Battista Ferrandini, an 18th century Italian composer. I really would love to share the intimate details of his life here but unfortunately the only sensational thing ever happened to him was having the 15-year-old Mozart play at his house while on one of his Wunderkind-tours in 1771.

Last year’s music for Holy Monday was the choir movement He smote all the first-born of Egypt from Georg Friedrich Händel‘s oratorio Israel in Egypt.

September 16, 2012

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by ada

Mary of the highways.

April 6, 2012

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I could barely resist the idea of posting Es ist vollbracht from Johannespassion for Good Friday, because, well, quality is quality, and if baroque passion music then Bach über allem, but then I decided to show something entirely different: a traditional Corsican passion upon a tarantella ground from the 17th century, with some jazzy cornetto improvisation. This is an amazing genre, the 17th century Spanish and Italian variations upon a few bars long  harmonic structure. It is sort of the pop and rock of the Baroque. Some variations became really popular and well-known during the past centuries, like the famous folia or the bergamasca, and some harmonic lines never did it, like the ruggiero, but all of them are really cool and I do love this  improvisational and spontaneous art of making music. Arpeggiata performs it just perfectly.

So today’s music is Maria (sopra la Carpinese).

April 3, 2012

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by ada

For every day of the Holy Week I decided to share a piece of music, written originally for this time of the year, mostly for the church  services. It is very difficult for me to choose from the huge amount of beautiful things that came to existence during the past few hundred years – even if I stick to the period I’m most familiar with, the late 17th and early 18th centuries, it means still too much of goodness to leave out. So I’ll try to avoid the very famous hits, like the Bach-Passions, and present some works of smaller composers or pieces less known.

Today’s music is Stabat Mater from Giovanni Felice Sances, an Italian baroque composer of the 17th century, who was among the first composers to write his melodies upon the so-called lament bass, an (often chromatically) descending tetrachord. In the presentation of Arpeggiata and Philippe Jaroussky, who, in my opinion, is one of the most talented early music performers nowadays.

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