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Danny Johnson Bares All!

As we work through our week of rehearsals for TEMP Goes the Full Monteverdi, I recognize a familiar bifurcated feeling:

It’s our last concert of the season, so I’m happy that we enjoyed a good season, got to work with splendid musicians performing splendid music, and seem to have pleased the audiences!

But: It’s our last concert of the season, so we won’t get to experience the excitement of concert week again for four and a half months!

But: It’s our last concert of the season, so in addition to summer workshops, I’ll be spending lots of time researching, picking music for 2012-2013, inputting the winning music into my computer (yay Sibelius!), and enjoying other music nerd things. I admit it. [n.b. Sibelius is a music editing software, not just a composer!]

So, you see, it’s a confusing time of the year! I am very much looking forward to our Monteverdi concert, though. It’s such wonderful music, exhibiting the full palette of emotional colors. It’s fun for performers and audience alike!

And speaking of fun, here are some questions that the office elf Janey submitted to me about this concert and the answers I cribbed off someone else’s paper….

>  What’s your favorite piece on the program?

There are about 10 of my very favorite pieces on this concert! “Lamento della ninfa” and “Zefiro torna” are probably in the upper tier…

>Why those?

Those were among the very first pieces of Monteverdi that really knocked my socks off when I was a sophomore in college. We performed those and others in the Collegium Musicum at Texas Tech. Unforgettable. My love affair with the passacaglia bass line of the “lamento” began immediately and hasn’t waned in all these decades!

>What pieces by Monteverdi do people know that might be on the program?  Or that might remind them of pieces on the program?

Most will probably recognize “Lamento della ninfa” and “Zefiro torna” and “Beatus vir” – but the thing that they will recognize about “Beatus vir” is that it sounds like some other piece they heard in Music Appreciation class: “Chiome d’oro”. That trickster!

>Why do a Monteverdi retrospective like this?

Partly because of Monteverdi’s ability to live in two eras, so it’s not just a concert of Renaissance madrigals or Baroque continuo songs, but is inclusive of just about every important and lasting aspect of both eras.

>What does the audience get out of it that they wouldn’t get out of a wider spread of composers?

Concerts with repertoire by a variety of composers are equally valid, of course, to represent a particular “school” of composition or national or linguistic aspects of creative art, [but] witnessing the progress and process of one genius/master/creator is a powerful experience.

We hope to see you and fifteen of your best friends at one of the two performances this weekend! Or come to both of them!

You can purchase tickets here in advance, or at the door on concert day!

Photographs by Cecily Johnson

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2 responses

  1. wdbrockett

    Love this post! Great pics, great questions, great answers!

    April 25, 2012 at 4:13 pm

  2. Video of soprano duet: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_dQZCX6ZH3U

    April 27, 2012 at 12:02 am

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