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Marcello, Benedetto
Estro poetico-armonico. Parafrasi sopra Salmi (Venezia 1724-26)
Vol. 1: Psalms 1-8

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Contents: Salmo I (Beatus vir qui non abiit in consilio impiorum)/ Salmo II (Quare fremuerunt gentes)/ Salmo III (Domine quid moltiplicati sunt)/ Salmo IV (Cum invocarem exaudivit me Deus)/ Salmo V (Verba mea auribus percipe Domine)/ Salmo VI (Domine, ne in furore tuo arguas me)/ Salmo VII (Domine Deus meus in te speravi)/ Salmo VIII (Domine Dominus noster)

Author: Benedetto Marcello (1686-1739)
Editor: Maria Antonietta Cancellaro, Andrea Coen
Publication Date: 2013
Series: Benedetto Marcello - Estro Poetico-armonico
Pages: pp. 184
Size: 230x310 mm
Binding: Paperback (Soft Cover)
ISMN: 979-0-2153-2034-5
Code: MS 47


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Benedetto Marcello - Estro Poetico-armonico
Urtext Edition by Maria Antonietta Cancellaro and Andrea Coen

The Estro poetico-armonico is regarded as the most monumental and complex collection of sacred vocal music, not merely within the context of Benedetto Marcello’s output, but also among the entire Italian repertoire of the 18th century. It comprises eight volumes and features intonations of the first fifty Psalms of David, based on the Vulgate translation and paraphrased in Italian – Parafrasi sopra salmi – by the Venetian poet Girolamo Ascanio Giustiniani.
The current lack of a complete modern and accessible edition of this monumental work incited us to publish the corpus of 50 Psalms in 8 separate volumes, and to reprint the full range of literary texts that introduce the music according to the order and organization of the Lovisa edition. The objective of this venture is thus to faciliate access to these riveting pages of 18th century vocal repertoire, for both “practical” and “theoretical” musicians, enabling the former to revive the Estro poetico-armonico via performance, and the latter to grasp the work’s originality and convey its intellectual scope.

Introductory Texts in Italian and English


The Consort Magazine (Summer 2014)
Estro poetico-armonico is described by the editors as one of the most monumental and complex collections of sacred music in the entire repertoire of 18th -century Italian vocal music ... Given the innovatory nature of the work, the grandeur of its design, and its extensive preface which comments on the philosophy governing the poetry, music and performance of the whole, it should be of interest to students of Italian language, culture and music alike ... This is a fascinating series of psalm settings, but the fragmented nature of the music, designed to inspire devotionalreflection on individual words and phrases, must surely challenge performer and listener alike.

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