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Grand Baroque IV - Blackdowns Early Music Projects

Friday November 29, 2019 at 19:30
Exeter Cathedral, Exeter
reserved: front nave £25/12.50, mid nave nave £20/£10, rear nave £15/£9 ; unreserved side aisles £12/£9 or £8/£6
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  1. Sonata in B for 2 trumpets - Girolamo Fantini
  2. Maria Magdalena - Francisco Guerrero
  3. Missa Sancta Maria Magdalenae - Giovanni Felice Sances
  4. Canzon pro tabula a 10 - Vinzenz Fux
  5. Requiem in A - Heinrich Franz Ignaz von Biber

Born in Rome, Sances established himself as a composer of secular music and virtuoso tenor. He was recruited to the Austrian Habsburg Court at ienna in 1636 and remained there for over 40 years, first as a singer, then assistant chapel master and finally imperial chapel master. Just one source of the manuscript of Missa Sancta Maria Magdalenae exists, in an extensive collection in Kromeríž, now in Czechoslovakia. The scoring is opulent (seven
voices, two trombetti, four sackbuts, two violins and four viols) making it eminently suitable for the Grand Baroque series.
The modern transcription of this piece was commissioned by the current Blackdowns Early Music Projects management for a first modern performance in Taunton in 2004. This second UK performance in Exeter Cathedral is long overdue!

Heinrich Biber was born in Bohemia to a violinist father and showed early promise as an all round musician, playing strings, keyboards and brass. He was employed in the Salzburg Archbishopric and created much immensely fine music for the Prince Archbishop Maximillian Gandolf and the spacious acoustic of Salzburg Cathedral. Biber's Mass and Vespers settings are renowned for extensive solo instrumental and vocal writing, designed for just this space. When the Archbishop died suddenly on May 3rd 1687, the funeral service was arranged immediately, leaving Biber just 6 days to produce
a new Requiem setting. The result is fantastic; he decided on 15 concerto parts, six voices, two trumpets, three sackbuts and four independent string parts with supporting continuo, in the unusually bright key of A major.

Since 2004 Blackdowns Early Music Projects has developed a reputation for excellent performances of infrequently performed repertoire.
Talented singers from the UK and Europe are invited to prepare for performances working with professional soloists and instrumentalists of the highest possible calibre to bring to life some true gems of early music which have been unperformed for far too long!

Supported by Exeter and District Classical Music Trust

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