Nigra sum, sed formosa

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These are program notes from our May 28, 2017 concert.

Palestrina’s Nigra sum, sed formosa

Nigra sum, sed formosa was written by Italian composer Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina in the 16th century. He wrote hundreds of masses and used the Bible as the basis for his compositions. This composition comes from the love story in the Song of Solomon.  The woman pleads for the man to pay attention to her with these words: “Take me away with you. Let’s run off together. ...

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Schmelzer and Goldberg

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These are program notes from our May 28, 2017 concert.

Schmelzer’s Sonata a sette flauti, and brief introduction of the Goldberg Variations

The music we chose for our May 28, 2017 concert would have been played at court, in private homes, in church, in 17th and 18th century Europe. Johann Heinrich Schmelzer’s joyful Sonata a sette flauti was composed in 1669, during the time that he was composer and violinist at the Hapsburg court of Emperor Leopold 1 in Vienna. Just picture yourself ...

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