Friday 6 December 2013

St Michael Le Belfry, York
at 7.30 pm (ends c.9.45 pm)
Tickets £20 (£18)

A Festive Venetian Spectacular

Polychoral music from 17th century Venice
with Yorkshire Baroque Soloists
and English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble
Music by Monteverdi, Gabrieli, Schütz and Praetorius

Michael & Joseph Haydn

Yorkshire Bach Choir’s 2nd concert of its 35th season features irresistible music from early 17th century Venice, including music by Gabrieli, Monteverdi, Schütz and Praetorius. Yorkshire Bach Choir revels in the antiphonal texture provided by these compositions which were written with the acoustics of St Mark’s in mind. The music in this programme reflects the vogue for polychoral festive music that spread outwards from Venice in the second half of the sixteenth and the early seventeenth centuries.

As maestro di cappella, Gabrieli led the way to an innovative approach to the use of particular instruments set against voices. His work explores these marvellous sonorities and this programme demonstrates the incredible results as shown in such pieces as In ecclesiis and Jubilate Deo. As resident maestro from 1613, Monteverdi was also inspired by these sonorities offered by St Marks. Schütz studied in Venice with Gabrieli and Monteverdi. Schütz (in his Symphoniae sacrae) and Praetorius (in his own 1619 collection) followed their lead and produced some of the most ornate and stunning music for virtuosic voices and instruments. A feast of colour and extravagance!

In association with York Early Music Christmas Festival

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