1610 - The revolution has begun: Monteverdi’s Vespers

1610 - The revolution has begun: Monteverdi’s Vespers
Date and time
02 Nov 2023 (7:00pm - 8:45pm)

The Bradshaw Hall, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, 200 Jennens Road, B4 7XR


£10 (£8)

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AI image of 'revolutionary' Claudio Monteverdi

Monteverdi’s Vespers

RBC Chamber Choir and players
Conductor Jeffrey Skidmore

Monteverdi’s iconic late Renaissance masterpiece ‘Vespro della Beata Virgine’, commonly known as the 1610 Vespers, starts the new term.

1610 is a date ingrained in the soul of early musicians. In that year Claudio Monteverdi’s startling collection of sacred music was published in Venice. It is seen to be his first major publication in this genre, and includes a Mass, five Psalms, a Hymn, two settings of the Magnificat, an instrumental ‘prayer’, and several solo, vocal concertos for one, two and three voices. A dazzling array of techniques are displayed and, once discovered, this music captivates performers, musicologists and listeners. Where did this extraordinary music come from? Is it a revolutionary work? How did Monteverdi so brilliantly arrive at his explosive fusion of styles?