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She Who Sings, Prays Twice By Linda Ross Meyer
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Viva, at 19, has rarely been allowed outside the gates of the Venetian orphanage where she has been raised. Yet she has been trained in music by the great Antonio Vivaldi himself and her beautiful... More > voice lures the rich and famous from around the world to come hear the girls' choir and orchestra of the Ospedale de Maria della Pieta. Viva longs to be free, to sail through the world like the merchant ships in the bay. More secretly, she longs to compose great music. But girls aren't allowed to compose for the coro. Then one day, Jean Jacques Rousseau comes to hear the choir girls sing. And Viva's life and music are changed forever. Winner of the 2006 Tassy Walden Award for Best Young Adult Novel. For a taste of the book's historical setting, see the BBC's 2008 documentary, "Vivaldi's Women," on youtube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYpSTlN9n-w< Less
Italian Cantatas By Edward Smith
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A carefully selected anthology of previously unpublished baroque cantatas by Italian composers for soprano and continuo, edited from the original manuscripts and prints by the noted harpsichordist... More > Edward Smith. The works have been chosen for their high musical quality, ranging from the fluid style of the late 17th century to the formal symmetry of the mid-18th century. The composers represented range from Stradella and A. Scarlatti to Legrenzi and Porpora. Of special interest are two cantatas (by Gasparini and Pergolesi) with an original written-out part for the harpsichord. The editon has been furnished with helpful notes, translations of the Italian texts, and a realised continuo, and should be welcomed by students and professionals alike as an addition to the few anthologies of this repertoire now available.< Less
Italian cantatas 2 By edward smith
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The present anthology of cantatas for medium to low voice and continuo complements the editor’s previous volume of cantatas for soprano, ranging from the late 17th century to mid 18th century.... More > The works were selected for their intrinsic beauty but also for their suitability to voice students whose abilities are still limited. As in the previous collection, the setting for these works is an imaginary Arcadia, peopled by nymphs and shepherds lamenting the indifference or the absence of the beloved. This age-old theme is expressed in a remarkable variety of styles and forms, from Stradella’s fluid merging of recitative, arioso and aria to Scarlatti’s clear separation of recitative and da capo aria in a succession of sharply contrasting moods. Of special note are the two works by Gasparini and Porpora which include a written-out part for the harpsichord.< Less
Observations on the Florid Song (1723) By Pier Francesco Tosi
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"Opinioni de’ cantori antichi, e moderni o sieno osservazioni sopra il canto figurato" (1723) -- Extended Edition. As the first full-length treatise ever to be published on... More > singing, Tosi revealed to the world the secret method that accounted for the unworldly vocal abilities of the famous castrati. Living in a Europe alight with the virtuosic Baroque operas of Handel, Scarlatti and Porpora, Tosi revealed that it was extensive training in the “old Italian school” of singing that cultivated the beautiful tone and expression of their voices, as well as the infamous mezza di voce, trills and runs. What’s more, Tosi revealed that the method worked equally well for any voice type, male or female, provided that its principles and techniques were adhered to with exactness and consistency. Written by one of the most famous singers and voice teachers of the early 18th century, Tosi’s Opinioni has remained an indispensable text on the bel canto singing method, as well as Baroque stylistic techniques.< Less
Observations on the Florid Song (1723) By Pier Francesco Tosi
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"Opinioni de’ cantori antichi, e moderni o sieno osservazioni sopra il canto figurato" (1723) -- Extended Edition. As the first full-length treatise ever to be published on... More > singing, Tosi revealed to the world the secret method that accounted for the unworldly vocal abilities of the famous castrati. Living in a Europe alight with the virtuosic Baroque operas of Handel, Scarlatti and Porpora, Tosi revealed that it was extensive training in the “old Italian school” of singing that cultivated the beautiful tone and expression of their voices, as well as the infamous mezza di voce, trills and runs. What’s more, Tosi revealed that the method worked equally well for any voice type, male or female, provided that its principles and techniques were adhered to with exactness and consistency. Written by one of the most famous singers and voice teachers of the early 18th century, Tosi’s Opinioni has remained an indispensable text on the bel canto singing method, as well as Baroque stylistic techniques.< Less
Il silenzio degli amanti By Amélie Gato
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Il silenzio degli amanti è un viaggio immobile in una Firenze dei nostri giorni, che passa tra emozioni, ricordi e riflessioni di tre storie... intrecci che si sviluppano tra strade piazze e... More > luoghi ovattati dall'intimità che posa sul mondo uno sguardo dai colori porpora e pastello di una stagione autunnale. Immagini scorrevoli sulle quali il tempo non può prevalere.< Less
Semiramide By Pietro Metastasio
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Aonia edizioni. Stampato a Roma e qui rappresentato nel corso del carnevale del 1729 con musiche di Leonardo Vinci, il melodramma pone in primo piano la leggendaria figura della regina di Babilonia,... More > celebre per l'intensità della sua vita amorosa. Il dramma, che mostra qualche contatto con l'omonima tragedia del Crébillon, venne musicato successivamente da molti musicisti, tra cui Porpora, Jommelli e Gluck, e parodiato infine da Paisiello nella Semiramide in villa del 1773.< Less