FiBO Players. Photo: Juuso Westerlund.
Sun 4.10.2020 klo 18 The House of Nobility, Helsinki
Helsinki Early Music Festival

The Glory of Venice

The master composers of the canal city

Monteverdi–Merulo–Picchi–Marini–Albinoni–Galuppi–Vivaldi

FiBO Players

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The Norwegian ensemble Barokkanerne’s visit will be postponed until next year, but the theme of the concert if still compositions from Venice. The Finnish Baroque Orchestra’s chamber ensemble consisting of ten musicians, FiBO Players, takes the audience on a journey to Venice, which glory always has captivated and inspired both travellers and artists. The city of the canals was during multiple centuries an important centre for music. Venice was also an international harbour and meeting point for traders where influences from all around the world melted together. In the beginning of the 16th century the time had come for the technique of pressing sheet music and thanks to the scores the music spread from the lagoons to the rest of the world with a volym that was unheard of.

Music was played in the churches, at the theatres, palaces, on the streets, and by the canals. At the main church in the city, St. Mark’s Basilica, many of the biggest Italian musicians of the 16th and 17th century served as musical directors and organists, amongst these Claudio Merulo and Claudio Monteverdi, and during later eras Baldassare Galuppi. Galuppi was also one of his age’s most known opera composers and shaped a career internationally as well in for instance London and St. Petersburg. The two composers from Venice, Tomaso Albinoni’s och Antonio Vivaldi’s influences on the played baroque music was of great importance. Their concertos were published and performed in both Paris and Amsterdam, and they were role models for countless composers in Europe.

Duration: 1 h (no intermission)

See the full list of special arrangements during the times of Covid-19 here.

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