Benedetto Marcello

Biography

Born: August 1, 1686; Venice, Italy   Died: July 24, 1739; Brescia, Italy  
Before the early years of the twentieth century, any list of significant Western composers from past eras would have included the name of Benedetto Marcello. Through his advocacy of a return to the proportional values and simplicity of ancient Greco-Roman civilization, Marcello helped set the stage for the Classical era in Western music, soon to unseat the aesthetic norms of the Baroque in which Marcello lived and worked. Nonetheless, controversy Read more and confusion surrounding his works and history have considerably dimmed Marcello's star. Many of the instrumental works once believed by Marcello are actually by others. Composer Alessandro Marcello was Benedetto's older brother, and some of Alessandro's music has been misattributed to Benedetto. Various instrumental pieces attributed to Marcello are merely instrumental arrangements of his Psalmi, in some cases made decades after his death.

Marcello was what eighteenth century chroniclers called a "dilettante"; not a dabbler as in the current vernacular, but an aristocrat who also pursued musical composition as a sideline. Born in Venice, Marcello served the Venetian Republic as a magistrate from about 1708 until 1728, when he was exiled to the resort city of Pula, now in Croatia. In 1738 Marcello was appointed to his final position as chief financial officer of the city of Brescia, but died after less than a year in this job on or around his 53rd birthday.

Marcello was best known in his day through his massively influential eight-volume publication Estro poetico-armonico (1724-1726), popularly known as the "Psalmi." It is a collection of 50 psalm settings for male voices. Marcello's sacred vocal music was revered by most of his contemporaries as representing the supreme example of contrapuntal technique, and he was in use in teaching through the end of the nineteenth century. Scarcely less popular was his treatise, Il teatro alla moda (1720), a satire that skewered the opera world of his time. Marcello wrote nearly 400 cantatas, some so well known that they exist in up to 25 contemporary manuscript copies, in addition to oratorios, operas, and nearly 100 small chamber works for singers. His surviving instrumental catalog is less generous, mostly consisting of keyboard sonatas, but also containing a few sinfonias and concertos. All of Marcello's instrumental music was composed by 1710 or thereabouts; the set of 12 concerti published as Marcello's "Op. 1" in 1708, including the work transcribed by Johann Sebastian Bach as BWV 981, is lacking its first violin part. Read less
Marcello: Il Planto E Il Riso / Zarpellon, Venice Monteverdi Academy
Release Date: 06/30/2015   Label: Fra Bernardo  
Catalog: 1503177   Number of Discs: 1
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[Oboe] Concerto in C minor: I. Allegro moderato
[Oboe] Concerto in C minor: II. Adagio
[Oboe] Concerto in C minor: III. Allegro
I. Adagio
II. Allegro
III. Largo
IV. Allegro
I. Adagio
II. Allegro
III. Largo
IV. Allegro
I. Lento
II. Allegro non troppo
III. Allegro
IV. Maestoso
I. Largo con espressione
II. Allegro
III. Largo
IV. Allegro molto
WORKS
Sinfonia: Presto -
Sinfonia: Largo -
Sinfonia: Presto
Part I: Scene 1: Chorus: Su, nocchieri sciogliamo le vele (Come, sailors, unfurl the sails) (Sailors)
Part I: Scene 1: Recitative: Fedra, il tempo quest'e (Phaedra, the time has come) (Theseus, Phaedra)
Part I: Scene 1: Aria: So quanto piangerai (I know how much you'll weep) (Phaedra)
Part I: Scene 2: Recitative: Qual mai gran pena (How great a burden) (Theseus)
Part I: Scene 2: Aria: Se ad appagar volesse il cielo (If heaven were to act upon) (Theseus)
Part I: Scene 3: Recitative: A terra, a terra (To land, to land!) (Bacchus)
Part I: Scene 3: Chorus: Ebbre bessaridi (Merry Bassarids) (Satyrs, Bassarids and Fauns)
Part I: Scenes 4 and 5: Recitative: Qual suono strepitoso (What tumultuous noise) (Ariadne, Bacchus, Silenus)
Part I: Scenes 4 and 5: Aria: Re de' venti (King of the winds) (Bacchus)
Part I: Scenes 4 and 5: Accompanied recitative: Ah, che veggo? (What is happening?) (Ariadne, Bacchus, Silenus)
Part I: Scenes 4 and 5: Aria: E piu tenace di vischio (More tenacious than birdlime) (Silenus)
Part I: Scene 6: Recitative: Miseri noi! (We are lost) (Theseus, Phaedra)
Part I: Scene 7: Recitative: No, scellerato! (No, villain!) (Ariadne, Phaedra, Theseus)
Part I: Scene 7: Aria: Incauta farfalletta (The careless moth) (Ariadne)
Part I: Scene 8: Recitative: O mio rossor (I am so ashamed) (Phaedra, Theseus)
Part I: Scene 8: Aria: Se vier non poss'io (If I cannot live) (Phaedra)
Bendetto Marcello: Cantata 'Chiaro e limpido fonte': Recitativo 'Chiaro, e limpido fonte'
Bendetto Marcello: Cantata 'Chiaro e limpido fonte': Aria 'Al partir della fronte serena'
Bendetto Marcello: Cantata 'Chiaro e limpido fonte': Recitativo 'Voi pur leggiere aurette'
Bendetto Marcello: Cantata 'Chiaro e limpido fonte': Aria 'Un solo respiro'
Bendetto Marcello: Cantata 'Chiaro e limpido fonte': Recitativo 'Mirtillo, a che si cerca'
Bendetto Marcello: Cantata 'Chiaro e limpido fonte': Duetto 'Dunque voi cristalli erranti'
Bendetto Marcello: Cantata 'Chiaro e limpido fonte': Recitativo 'Mà, che pianger Mirtillo?'
Bendetto Marcello: Cantata 'Chiaro e limpido fonte': Duetto 'La nobile luce'
[Oboe] Concerto in C minor: I. Allegro moderato
[Oboe] Concerto in C minor: II. Adagio
[Oboe] Concerto in C minor: III. Allegro
Dulcis Jesu, Mater cara -
In stellarum Regina -
In isto mundo labili
I. [Allegro]
II. Presto
Odi, o Troja, !
Sotto il pie de' soldati, e de' cavalli
Nell'aureo Talamo
Ma il furibondo Greco
Ahi spettacolo mesto
e suonan le contrade ampie di Troja
Altri pianti et lamenti
O come incalza colui che feri Marte!
O misero! non sai
Ove mi fugo mai, dove mi celo?
Alla corrente del Xanto sbalza
O Priamo, egli e tuo sangue!
Vieni o sposa
Ei cade sulla polve
Va tutta in pianto, ed in tumulto Troja
Chi nell'Abisso mi sotterra?
Marcello: Quando penso agl' affanni / Overtura - 1. Allegro
Marcello: Quando penso agl' affanni / Overtura - 2. Largo
Marcello: Quando penso agl' affanni / Overtura - 3. Presto
Marcello: Quando penso agl' affanni - Quando penso agl'affanni
Marcello: Quando penso agl' affanni - Tender può lacci
Marcello: Quando penso agl' affanni - Semplici pastorelli
Marcello: Quando penso agl' affanni - Altro non amo che dolce pace
Requiem aeternam -
Kyrie I and II -
Christe -
Kyrie III -
Dies irae -
Quantus tremor -
Tuba mirum -
Mors stupebit -
Liber scriptus -
Rex tremendae -
Recordare -
Qui Mariam -
Preces meae -
Inter oves -
Confutatis -
Ora supplex -
Lacrymosa -
Domine Jesu Christe
Lux aeterna
Requiem aeternam
Recitative:
Aria: Nel centro de' guai
Recitative: Amor tu sei quell' empio
Aria: Come l'onda furibonda
Recitative: Impara dunque, o core
I. Adagio
II. Allegro
III. Largo
IV. Allegro
I. Largo
II. Presto
III. Presto
IV. Allegro
I. Presto
II. Cantabile e largo
III. Allegro
IV. Presto
V. Minuet
I. Adagio
II. Vivace
III. Presto
IV. [Allegro]
I. [Adagio]
II. [Allegro]
III. [Presto]
I. Presto
II. Largo
III. Presto
IV. [Allegro]
I. Largo
II. Allegro
III. [Presto]
IV. Allegro
I. Largo
II. [Allegro]
III. [Presto]
I. [Adagio]
II. [Courante]
III. Allegro
IV. Presto
I. [Grave]
II. [Spiritoso]
III. [Allegro]
IV. [Allegro]
I. [Adagio]
II. [Allegro]
III. Vivace e presto
IV. Giga [Presto]
I. Adagio
II. Allegro
III. Largo
IV. Allegro
I. Adagio
II. Allegro
III. Largo
IV. Allegro
I. Adagio
II. Allegro
III. Largo
IV. Allegro
I. Adagio
II. Allegro
III. Grave
IV. Allegro
I. Lento
II. Allegro non troppo
III. Allegro
IV. Maestoso
I. Largo con espressione
II. Allegro
III. Largo
IV. Allegro molto


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