vivaldi explained

no no, we’re not done with Juditha yet.. am still listening around the clock and might get around to write more! but first, here, a very nice interview with Andrea Marcon, courtesy of “De Nationale Opera” youtube channel.

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writing-challenged opera-addict

20 Responses to vivaldi explained

  1. dehggial says:

    he’s such a hero! This clarifies quite a few things.

    • thả diều says:

      i like a lot also the explanation of “Vivaldi’s language”

      • dehggial says:

        yes, I think it makes a lot of sense, though it’s hard to say what that means unless you listen to a lot of music.

        • thả diều says:

          I think it’s even more than that you think? For example he made the comment about Stravinsky saying Vivaldi wrote all the same thing.. while to them it’s different.. i sometimes wonder if it’s also inherent in the culture.. or something rather that you have to live it, it flows in you..

          • dehggial says:

            i sometimes wonder if it’s also inherent in the culture.. or something rather that you have to live it, it flows in you..

            I think that’s it, too. There are things you just click with and others, even though you realise they are good, you just don’t feel. I think a lot of composers of that era (Stravinsky’s) didn’t get Baroque in general, because they were interested in expressing other things.

            He wrote the same thing, but you don’t have to play it always the same, your own variations are welcome etc. – which is not how it is with music that is closer in time to us.

          • thả diều says:

            but you don’t have to play it always the same
            ..you just don’t feel

            my first traumatic Juditha’s experience nodded in agreement..

          • dehggial says:

            is it just me or is the overture to Italiana sounding a bit regimented? Speaking of feeling 😉

          • thả diều says:

            ze public loves the regiment!

          • dehggial says:

            he also said that Vivaldi’s music is very spontaneous, which is another thing – during and after the Romantic era I think music got very un-spontaneous, which is why it takes them so long to write anything. Vivaldi wrote in 5 days, Verdi in a couple of years, Wagner in 5 years or whatever. To me it’s like they are trying too hard but perhaps the progress of music needed to go through that as well.

          • thả diều says:

            I was surprised when a friend told me he didn’t know one can improvise in classical music.. and i realize i listen all the time to very early music whereas typical rep people hear are Verdi and later

          • dehggial says:

            yes, it’s true, jazz musicians always complain their classical instrumentalist friends can’t improvise. Hopefully with more Baroque around people will be taught improv in classical music school.

  2. Agathe says:

    “to start with this this incredible, shocking choir” I like his language!

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