Stravaganza d’Amore: The Birth of Opera at the Medici Court (DVD) – Pygmalion Ensemble

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Stravaganza d’Amore: The Birth of Opera at the Medici Court (DVD) – Pygmalion Ensemble

Composers: Various
Artists: Lea Desandre, Eva Zaïcik, Lucile Richardot, Emiliano Gonzales Toro, Zachary Wilder, Nicolas Brooymans, Davy Cornillot, Anne-Emmanuelle Davy, Perrine Devillers, Armelle Froeliger, Corinne Bahuaud, Pygmalion Choir & Orchestra
Conductor: Raphaël Pichon
Directors: François-René Martin
Format: NTSC
Language: Italian
Subtitles: French, German, English
Region: All Regions
Number of Discs: 1
Studio: Chateau Versailles
DVD Release Date: February 14, 2020
Run Time: 107 minutes

The lavish, princely entertainments that were given in Italy since the Renaissance, and in particular at the Medici Court in Florence, were famous throughout Europe. The musical interludes that adorned them were already true dramatic masterpieces which marvelously combined music and poetry. They set a frame for the birth of the Italian opera, Monteverdi’s Orfeo (1607) being their direct heir with its almost perfect architecture, the depth of its expression and the immanent beauty of its music.

In a state of grace, Raphaël Pichon invites you to discover these Italian splendors, by imagining a princely interlude conceived with the most sumptuous pieces of music from the turn of the 1600s: true opera scenes, but also gigantic polychoral pieces for thirty voices. All of them filmed here in the most beautiful palatial gallery in the world: the Hall of Mirrors of the Château de Versailles.

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Music Notes

Most Western music is based on a system of notation that evolved around 1600 out of earlier practices. The starting point for any opera is the full score, which contains all individual voices and instruments arranged in a specific order on the page. The written music—representing the sounds a composer creates in his head—then comes to life performed by singers onstage and played by the orchestra.



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