P. Mccreesh

A Venetian Coronation - Andrea Gabrieli & Giovanni Gabrieli / Festival d'Opéra Baroque et Romantique de Beaune

Music, Lyric art, Classical music, Music, Concert in Beaune
  • A VENETIAN CORONATION / GABRIELI CONSORT AND PLAYERS / PAUL MCCREESH

  • Under the direction of Paul McCreesh, the Gabrieli Consort and Players return to the performance that made them famous over 40 years ago. In this recreation of a 400-year-old Coronation Mass for the great Basilica of San Marco in Venice, they once again explore the extraordinary musical riches of composers Andrea and Giovanni Gabrieli, Bendinelli, Gussago and Merulo.

    The performance recreates the coronation mass of Doge Grimani, celebrated on the morning of 27 April 1595. After a complex...
    Under the direction of Paul McCreesh, the Gabrieli Consort and Players return to the performance that made them famous over 40 years ago. In this recreation of a 400-year-old Coronation Mass for the great Basilica of San Marco in Venice, they once again explore the extraordinary musical riches of composers Andrea and Giovanni Gabrieli, Bendinelli, Gussago and Merulo.

    The performance recreates the coronation mass of Doge Grimani, celebrated on the morning of 27 April 1595. After a complex system of voting by 41 high-ranking statesmen, the election of a new doge was announced by the ringing of bells. If the choice proved popular, widespread rejoicing often followed. The election of Marino Grimani (1532-1605) was greeted with particular enthusiasm by revellers, who tore up the stalls in the Piazza to fuel a huge bonfire.

    Around the altar, there were at least seven places where musicians performed, including the two organ galleries and the pulpit magnum cantorum or bigonzo. The division of forces into four spatially separated vocal and instrumental "choirs" is one of the most characteristic features of Venetian sacred music. The musicians were almost certainly turned towards the altar and the doge's seat, the aim being to tickle the ears of the dignitaries rather than fill the basilica.
    We may have lost our ability to respond to the religious and civic rituals so dear to the Venetians of the Renaissance, but by re-enacting such events we can perhaps rediscover something of the artistic and spiritual riches of this great city at the zenith of its powers.
  • Spoken languages
    • French
    • English
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  • On July 14, 2024 from 9:00 PM to 11:30 PM
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