There is a lovely post on The Venice Insider where you can read about some background on baroque music and the role Venice played in this respect. Also, they talk about how you can go back in time to the era when Venice was a musical center of international prestige by attending one of OUR CONCERTS!. At the end there is some other ideas to dabble in the musical side of Venice.
Sounds great right? Visit this link to read the full story! But here you can find a little bit of what they talk about us:
– Musical archaeology by Venice Music Project
Another important source of income for composers was the music publishing business. As this started in Venice, musicians and composers gravitated to the city to compete for assignments. The Marciana Library is now a real treasure trove of these music manuscripts, including 17th-century opera scores by Francesco Cavalli (more info in my post ‘7 authentic libraries that will amaze you in Venice’).
These manuscripts of music are at the basis of the ‘musical archaeology’ of Venice Music Project. This non-profit association is dedicated to preserving and restoring the wonderful tradition of Venetian baroque music. Their mission is to transcribe and start to perform these forgotten masterpieces, which were hidden in archives and libraries, for the first time in 200-300 years.
– Venice Music Project: an internationally recognized team
Venice Music Project specializes in concerts with historic instruments in the exact style of Vivaldi’s time. This enables them to bring the music exactly as the composer intended. The fact that the performance is set in a historical location makes the whole experience even more original.
– Attend a unique concert:
The concerts are organized on Saturday and Sunday from March until June and from September until November. You can find the calendar of the new ‘Hidden Treasures’ series on their website. Tickets cost 30 euros but if you mention ‘The Venice Insider’, you will receive a 5 euros discount. Alternatively, you can use one of the other discounts available on the website, for instance for couples or families.
The concerts take place in the St. George’s Anglican Church in Dorsoduro. Inspired by the work of Save Venice, for whom they regularly perform, and other organizations that preserve and restore Venice’s art and monuments, Venice Music Project donates part of the proceeds to the restoration of this historical venue. (You can find more information on this type of support in my post ‘Discover how Venice finances its cultural heritage’.)
– A Venetian Affair
Together with Andrea di Robilant, Liesl Odenweller created the musical performance ‘A Venetian Affair’. It is based on the true 18th-century Venetian love story as recounted in Robilant’s book, which happens to be one of my favourite books (more info in my post ‘My 10 favourite novels in Venice’). The performance is played with music by Antonio Vivaldi, Johann Adolf Hasse and Benedetto Marcello. Unfortunately, I missed the most recent performances in Venice, so I hope they will add it again to the calendar in the near future. However, the production, with music by Venetia Antiqua and narrated by Andrea di Robilant himself, will tour in the USA and Canada in 2019. In the meantime, you can already watch a video of the performance.
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