Vibe con­cert at St Au­gus­tine Church – Val­letta: Mu­sick Feast − A trib­ute to St Ce­cilia, pa­tron saint of mu­si­cians

Malta Independent - - MUSIC -

The Val­letta In­ter­na­tional Baroque Ensem­ble (Vibe) will be per­form­ing a se­lec­tion of baroque mu­sic in a cel­e­bra­tion in hon­our of St Ce­cilia, the pa­tron saint of mu­sic on her feast day, Tues­day, 22 Novem­ber at 8pm at St Au­gus­tine’s Church, Val­letta.

The ear­li­est recorded cel­e­bra­tions for St Ce­cilia’s day date back to the 17th cen­tury. The fes­tiv­i­ties were en­ti­tled Mu­sick Feasts and com­prised of some days ded­i­cated to mu­si­cal per­for­mances cul­mi­nat­ing in a choral ser­vice on the day ded­i­cated to St Ce­cilia, 22 Novem­ber, with spe­cially com­mis­sioned works by the fore­most com­posers of the time.

Vibe, led by Cather­ine Martin presents a pro­gramme of works by two of the great­est Baroque Masters and work by a con­tem­po­rary Mal­tese com­poser Alex Vella Gre­gory. This in­cludes Con­certo Grosso Op. 6 No. 5, Op. 3 No. 5 and So­prano Arias from Ode for St Ce­cilia’s Day by Ge­orge Frei­drich Han­del, Con­certo Grosso Nuovo in Stile An­tico by Alexan­der Vella Gre­gory and Dances and Songs from The Fairy Queen by Henry Purcell

Han­del’s Con­certo Grosso op. 6 no. 5 and op. 3 no. 6 are fine ex­am­ples of this form, so pop­u­lar in the early 18th cen­tury, which is marked by the con­trast be­tween a small group of soloists (the con­certino) and the en­tire or­ches­tra (the tutti). Com­posed in late 1739, th­ese con­cer­tos quickly be­came some of the most pop­u­lar or­ches­tral works of their time.

Purcell’s Fairy Queen, losely based on Shake­speare’s A Mid­sum­mer Night’s Dream, is scored for a varied mix of so­los, cho­ruses, dances and other in­stru­men­tal pieces. For this con­cert, Vibe has cho­sen a se­lec­tion of dances in­ter­spersed with songs for so­prano.

The com­po­si­tion by con­tem­po­rary Mal­tese com­poser Alex Vella Gre­gory is in­spired by the baroque form of the Con­certo Grosso. The work is scored for two tre­ble in­stru­ments and harp­si­chord as con­certino, backed by a tutti string sec­tion.

Vibe, which is man­aged by Teatru Ma­noel and is the res­i­dent ensem­ble of the Val­letta In­ter­na­tional Baroque Fes­ti­val is drawn from prom­i­nent Mal­tese in­stru­men­tal­ists who col­lab­o­rate with and are coached by in­ter­na­tional Baroque spe­cial­ists. It seeks to per­form mu­sic from the Re­nais­sance and Baroque pe­ri­ods in a his­tor­i­cally in­formed way on orig­i­nal in­stru­ments.

For con­cert tick­ets visit www.teatru­ma­noel.com.mt, email: book­ings@teatru­ma­noel.com.mt or phone on 2124 6389.

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