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Can you guess this piece? Here's a hint: the green mountain

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This work may have been intended as a musical exam, or a job interview piece. The composer’s set of sacred concertos was initially written for the court of Mantua. Following some tension with his employers, the composer traveled to Rome and presented the Pope (the dedicatee of the Vespers) with the music. Although the composer stated that the purpose of the trip was to grease the wheels for his young son’s acceptance into a Roman seminary, the court at Mantua suspected that he might have been angling for a position at the Vatican, and it is possible that they were right. Eventually this composer secured a job at the cathedral of St. Mark’s in Venice and left Mantua, taking his Vespers with him.

Music Heard On This Episode

Johann Sebastian Bach: Kyrie
Netherlands Chamber Choir/Orch of 18th Century/Frans Brüggen, cond. — Mass in B Minor (Polygram Records, 1990)
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Johann Sebastian Bach: Kyrie
Netherlands Chamber Choir/Orch of 18th Century/Frans Brüggen, cond. — Mass in B Minor (Polygram Records, 1990)
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Sigmund Romberg: Student Life
Dorothy Kirsten and Robert Rounseville, soloists — The Student Prince (Drg, 2002)
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Maurice Ravel: Jeux d'eau
Pascal Rogé, piano — Piano Works (Decca, 1994)
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Alban Berg: Night; Summer Days
Anne Sofie von Otter, voice/Bengt Forsberg, piano — Love's Twilight (Dg Imports, 1994)
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Franz Liszt: Whirling Snow
Janina Fialkowska, piano — 12 Transcendental Etudes (Opening Day Ent, 2010)
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Ludwig van Beethoven : Oh Father, My Father; My Soul Shutters
Keith Lewis, t/Bach Collegium Stuttgart/Helmuth Rilling, cond. — Christ on the Mount of Olives, Mass in C major (Hanssler Classics, 2004)
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Jacques Offenbach : Act I: Excerpt
Samuel Ramey, b/Radio Choir and Dresden State Orch/Jeffrey Tate, cond. — Les Contes d'Hoffmann (Polygram Records, 1994)
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William Walton: Overture, The Octogenarian, Hornpipe, Lily O’Grady
Pamela Hunter, rec/Melologos Ensemble/Silveer van den Broeck, cond. — Façade (Koch Discover Int'l, 1995)
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Sonata for violin & piano No. 10 in B flat major, K. 15
Gerard Poulet, vln/Blandine Verlet, hpsd — Violin Sonatas (Polygram Records, 1991)
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Johannes Brahms : Academic Festival Overture
Berliner Philharmonic/Nikolaus Harnoncourt, cond. — The Symphonies - Haydn Variations / Academic Festival Overture (Teldec, 1997)
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Claudio Monteverdi: Deus in Adjutorum; Lauda Jerusalem
Monteverdi Choir/English Baroque Soloists; John Eliot Gardiner, cond. — Vespers of the Blessed Virgin (Archiv Produktion, 1990)
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Karlheinz Stockhausen: Act I Scene ii (excerpt): Exam
Various Artists Karlheinz Stockhausen, musical dir — Donnerstag Aus Licht (Polygram Records, 1990)
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Marvin Hamlisch and Edward Kleban: One
Original Broadway Cast — A Chorus Line (Masterworks, 2009)
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