Monteverdi – Dixit Dominus/Duo Seraphim

My two favorite parts from his Vespro della Beata Vergine, 1610. Monteverdi is fast becoming one of my all-time favorite composers, and this is why:

From the wiki: “The text Duo Seraphim (“Two angels were calling one to the other…”) begins as a duet. When the text (which melds lines from Isaiah and the Gospel of John) mentions the Trinity, a third tenor joins. All three sing in unison at the words, “these three are one.””

I own this version.

400 years ago exactly, Monteverdi wrote the songs of the angels, who give endless praise and glory to God. Today, unscrupulous, mediocre hacks write films about angels defying God. How far we have fallen!

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6 Responses to Monteverdi – Dixit Dominus/Duo Seraphim

  1. Todd says:

    One of my 3 or 4 favorite concerts in my life. I saw Tragicomedia and Concerto Palatino. Who would think that a piece for ensemble of (then) contemporary instruments (including the lute!) would have such staying power. A model for any serious inspiring church ensemble.

  2. Joe Hargrave says:

    And another one:

    http://books.google.com/books?id=MV94EVZwR3sC&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_similarbooks_r&cad=2#v=onepage&q=&f=false

    With this insight:

    “Monteverdi’s intention [for Duo Seraphim] seems to have been to characterise the song of the angels by using a style that represented the height of the singer’s art in the early 17th century.”

    Today our musicians are more apt to imitate demons.

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