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Choral Works During Early Opera

Choral music during a time when opera was the new kid in town…

Stabat Mater

Photo: Nanard68

Found in a garden outside of a French chapel.

In 17th-century Italy, many composers shied away from choral music. They saw this music as representative of an older Renaissance style while composers like Giulio Caccini, Jacopo Peri, and Claudio Monteverdi experimented with one or two voices with a simple instrumental accompaniment. But choral music still had a place in the many churches and synagogues throughout Italy. One of the greatest choral works of the 17th century comes from an oratorio, basically an opera on a sacred story, by Giacomo Carissimi. His oratorio “Historia di Jephte” as well as choral works by the Jewish composer Solomone Rossi and Bohemian composer Heinrich von Biber are included on the album Passion and Lament: Choral Masterworks of the 17th Century recorded by the Bach Sinfonia on the Dorian label.

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Solomone Rossi: Setting from "Hashirim asher lish'lomo
Bach Sinfonia — Passion and lament: Choral masterworks of the 17th century (Dorian, 2009)
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Solomone Rossi: Setting from "Hashirim asher lish'lomo
Bach Sinfonia — Passion and lament: Choral masterworks of the 17th century (Dorian, 2009)
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Heinrich Franz von Biber: Stabat Mater
Bach Sinfonia — Passion and lament: Choral masterworks of the 17th century (Dorian, 2009)
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Anna Pranger

Anna Pranger moved to Bloomington in 2009 to pursue a degree in music librarianship. Before this, she worked on a degree in music history at the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, Ohio. She serves as both an assistant producer for Harmonia and the Music Library Assistant for WFIU.

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