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Frescobaldi & The Glories of Rome



Frescobaldi & The Glories of Rome


The Glorious Sights and Sounds of 17th-Century Rome!

Behold the glorious sights and sounds of 17th-century Rome! This Toronto Consort's season kicks off in the musical world of one of Italy’s most celebrated early Baroque luminaries, Girolamo Frescobaldi. Let his music and that of Palestrina, Landi, and Caroso wash over you as images of Rome’s glittering treasures delight. This multi-media event features dazzling arias, improvisation on bass lines, and florid ornamentation of canzonas, early sonatas, and sacred works for archlute, voices, chamber organ, recorder, and hurdy-gurdy.


October 19 & 20, 2018 8 pm| Artistic Direction by Alison Melville


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Girolamo Frescobaldi (born September 1583, Ferrara, Papal States—died March 1, 1643, Rome) is anItalian organist and one of the first great masters of organ composition. He strongly influenced the German Baroque school through the work of his pupil J.J. Froberger. Frescobaldi began his public career as organist at the church of Sta. Maria in Trastevere in Rome, in 1607.

Much of Frescobaldi’s keyboard music was intended for the harpsichord, as is made clear in the title of his Toccate d’intavolature di cimbalo e organo (1637). The volume includes also partitas on various melodies and pieces on ground basses. These show Frescobaldi’s free inventiveness in genuine keyboard textures and figuration. The preface of another collection, first published in 1627, again gives information of great value to the interpretation of Baroque instrumental music: “Play the opening of a toccata slowly and arpeggiando.… If one hand has a trill, while the other plays a passage, do not play note against note, but play the trill rapidly and the other expressively.” Such directions indicate the extent to which keyboard style had moved away from its origin in transcriptions of vocal or instrumental compositions. One of Frescobaldi’s remaining publications, the Fiori musicali of 1635, consists of organ music intended for liturgical use.

Frescobaldi’s style is characterized by a dramatic inventiveness and a bold use of chromaticism, but these qualities were carefully subordinated to a logical, effective construction within the piece. He was one of the first to develop the modern principle of monothematic writing, which replaced the rapid presentation of a number of themes typical of the early ricercar and canzone.


Data: Da Ven 19 Ott 2018 a Sab 20 Ott 2018

Orario: Dalle 20:00 alle 22:00

Organizzato da : The Toronto Consort

In collaborazione con : Istituto Italiano di Cultura

Ingresso : A pagamento


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