Basically  Baroque

Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
May 12, 2018
Keefe Tech High School
750 Winter Street
Framingham, MA

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Sumptuous Sound

Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
RV 587
Credo, RV 591

Jan Dismas Zelenka (1649-1745)
Magnificat in D major, ZWV 108

Michael Haydn (1737-1806)
Missa sub titulo Sancti Leopoldi, MH 837

Giovanni Battista Martini (1706-1784)
Credo a 3

Irresistible rhythms and sumptuous harmonies characterize the music of the great Italian Baroque composer Antonio Vivaldi. Experience in this concert two rarely-heard works by Vivaldi — his Kyrie (RV 587) for double-chorus and double-orchestra, and his dramatic setting of the Credo (RV 591).

The Magnificat in D major (ZWV 108) by Jan Dismas Zelenka shows the influence of Vivaldi and other composers of the Italian Baroque. A brilliant Czech composer, Zelenka was in residence at the royal court in Dresden at the same time that his contemporary Johann Sebastian Bach was Kapellmeister at St. Thomas Church in Leipzig. Bach held Zelenka in such high regard that he even had one of his sons copy out parts of Zelenka’s Magnificat in D major so that Bach could conduct it in Leipzig. Zelenka’s music, though influenced by the Italian Baroque music, is full of surprising turns of harmony and melodic twists.

The Basically Baroque program also includes works by Michael Haydn and Giovanni Battista Martini from the early Classical era. The former was the younger brother of the more famous Franz Joseph Haydn. A fine composer in his own right, Michael Haydn composed his Missa sub titulo Sancti Leopoldi (St. Leopold Mass) in 1805 for the boys’ choir in Salzburg. Replete with elegant figuration and shimmering vocal texture, Haydn’s mass is perfect for showcasing the voices of the sopranos and altos of the Heritage Chorale.

Martini was a distinguished member of the Accademia dei Filarmonici di Bologna and a teacher of  such notable musicians as J. C. Bach, Jomelli, and Mozart. He was well known, however, not only as a teacher, but also as a theorist and composer. His Credo a 3 is sung by the Chorale's tenors and basses.

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