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Giacomo Carissimi: Historia di Jephte: Mixed Choir And Ensemble

Oratorio

COMPOSER: Giacomo Carissimi
PUBLISHER: Carus Verlag
PRODUCT FORMAT: Score
The harrowing Old Testament story of the army commander Jephthah, bound by a sacred vow to kill his daughter, inspired the Roman composer Giacomo Carissimi to create this intense and moving setting. Written in the 1640s, Historia di Jephte is not only one of the earliest oratorios, but also one of
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Composer Giacomo Carissimi
Editor Wolfgang Hochstein
Publisher Carus Verlag
Instrumentation Solo, SSSATB and Basso Continuo
Product Format Score
Description Product Type Score
Genre Secular
Year of Publication 2023
Grade of Difficulty 3
ISMN 9790007294793
No. CV1004300
Number of pages 48
Voicing SATB
Text language Latin
Description
The harrowing Old Testament story of the army commander Jephthah, bound by a sacred vow to kill his daughter, inspired the Roman composer Giacomo Carissimi to create this intense and moving setting. Written in the 1640s, Historia di Jephte is not only one of the earliest oratorios, but also one of its greatest.Scored for just six solo voices in diverse combinations accompanied by basso continuo, Carissimi presents the Latin biblical text in the recitative style of the early Baroque. He nonetheless repeatedly abandons this style to highlight the plot's tragic events, employing all expressive Affekts he had available to him. The chromatic voice-leading and thrilling harmonization of the lamentations and Jephthah’s dialogue with his doomed daughter create an intense and anguished atmosphere.While scholars believe that the choir originally consisted of six solo parts, the work does not suffer when performed by a larger ensemble. To commemorate the 350th anniversary of the composer’s death, Carus is publishing this new critical edition based on the copy made by Carissimi’s pupil, Marc-Antoine Charpentier. A continuo realization is included in the score.
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