Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Pan Cogito Again Has A Passing Thought On Music Conservatories, Universities, Colleges, And His Own Musical Life

In this mini-episode, Cogito wonders whether he should have somehow traded his two years of undergraduate astronomy, physics, and economics (and public policy), for possibly then-available Honors musicology seminars in 'Palestrina and the 16th Century Mass' and '19th Century Romanticism in Music' ...

[To date, Cogito has only heard or studied about one-quarter of Palestrina's 104 Masses; and he never did commence a contemplated dissertation on Josquin's Motets.]

Photo credit: Palestrina in Munich (c) Wilfried Hoesl and the Bavarian State Opera, 2009. Copyright controlled.


Pfitzner’s “musical legend” is staged in Munich by Christian Stückl, who is reported on the Munich opera web-site to be a “Catholic expert”. In 2010, Christian Stückl will be staging the Passion Play in Oberammergau for the third time. Pan Cogito "overheard" fragments of the sold-out Passion Play in Oberammergau in September 2000.



"For their Kennedy Center debut on February 12, 2009, The Hilliard Ensemble performs a program of vocal music by two quintessential Renaissance composers: Orlando de Lassus's four-part Requiem Mass, interspersed with motets and antiphons by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina.

This program is performed without intermission and lasts approximately 65 minutes.


Lassus - Gradual: Si ambulen
Palestrina - Ad Dominem cum tribularer
Lassus - Offertory--Domine Iesu Christe
Lassus - Sanctus
Palestrina - Miserere mei Deus
Palestrina - Heu mihi Domine
Lassus - Introit--Requiem aeternam
Lassus - Kyrie
Palestrina - Domine quando veneris
Lassus - Agnus
Lassus - Communion--Lux aeterna
Palestrina - Libera me Domine
Chant - In Paradisum"


Blogger JW said...

Did you see pics of the production of Palestrina? Crazy:

8:18 AM  
Blogger Garth Trinkl said...

Thanks, John. I hadn’t scrolled through the full set of photos.

I’d be curious as to what the production that visited the Met Opera house, in 1997, looked like. It was part of the Lincoln Center Festival 1997, that July. I will assume that it was the Nikolaus Lehnhoff's production for the Royal Opera House, London. (I had wanted to go up the NYC to see it, but I was “between work” at the time, and couldn’t afford to go. I believe that 1997 was about the time that the Met Opera, itself, started going in for more imaginative stagings -- a trend that remains to this day.)

I do, however, recall that Palestrina, Death in Venice, and Lulu (Spring 2002), were three of the more ‘modern’ works that failed to fill little more than half of the huge Met Opera house.

8:53 AM  

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