Antonio Lucio Vivaldi 1678-1741
Vivaldi was born in Venice in 1678 and is regarded as one greatest Baroque composes and well known for his violin concertos such as the Four Seasons. He was an accomplished violin teacher and by the age of 15 he began studying to become a Priest. Ordained at the age of 25 he began working at an orphanage “Pio Ospedale della Pieta” in Venice. Whilst working there over the next 30 years he composed many of his greatest works.
At the height of his career Vivaldi composed works on commission for the royalty and nobility all over Europe. However by the end of the Baroque period his style lost favour and he died poor in 1741 aged 63. Some of his works were thought lost in the Napoleonic wars until rediscovered in a monastery in 1926. In total Vivaldi composed more than 500 concertos and many of his works are still performed and used in the film industry today.
Gloria in “D”
Vivaldi wrote at least 3 forms of the hymn “Gloria in excelsis Deo” which were used extensively in Mass. The Gloria is a familiar sacred work that was probably written whilst he worked as a Priest in the orphanage around 1715. This beautiful piece is still popular today and will be familiar to most people.
The Gloria is a very joyful celebration of praise and worship in 12 parts. Each movement is strikingly different from operatic solo sections to uplifting chorus’s and the haunting beautiful “Et in Terra Pax Hominibus”. The blend of amazing voices, four part harmonies, duets and interleaved sections for the string instruments make this one of Vivaldi’s finest master pieces.
Our Spring Concert
For our concert two great choirs come together to perform as one. The Coryllion Choir join side by side with the Stannington Choir to give you Vivaldi’s Gloria in “D” lead and conducted by Mr Cory Lovell. Along with a string Ensemble, soloists and performances of many other pieces by each choir (including Mozarts Lacrimosa) this is going to be a very special evening and one not to be missed.
Please join us on Saturday 6th April 2019 at Christ Church, Church Street, Stannington S6 6AB. The performance starts at 7:15pm.
Tickets cost just £6.00 in advance from any choir member or call 0114 2339411 to reserve yours. Alternatively, they cost £7.50 on the door.
More information about the choirs can be found here:-