Since October, Falmouth Chorale artistic director Krishan Oberoi has presented a series of online lectures introducing choral works that break with tradition. Dr. Oberoi will continue the series on Sunday, April 11, at 5 PM, with a virtual talk on Monteverdi’s Vespers.
The vocal pyrotechnics of Baroque opera collide with the reverent strains of Gregorian chant in a masterpiece that musicologist Denis Morrier described as “a rash wager in which Monteverdi undertakes a spectacular fusion.”Claudio Monterverdi’s Vespers of 1610 remains one of the most beloved, misunderstood, and mysterious pieces in the choral repertoire. Monteverdi was a 43-year-old widower at the time of its publication, and he seems to have intended the Vespers as a kind of musical portfolio, displaying his “chops” as he sought to improve his employment. Dedicated to Pope Paul V, the Vespers of 1610 demonstrates Monteverdi’s intuitive grasp of sacred music, even as it draws on his previous career as a theatrical composer.
As Dr. Oberoi continues this year’s exploration of choral works that reinvent traditional models, Monteverdi’s groundbreaking Vespers provides a look into the dramatic stylistic schisms of the Baroque period. The public is invited to tune in for a discussion of this time-honored musical watershed.
To attend the virtual lecture, register via the events page on the Falmouth Chorale website. The fee to attend the lecture is $12. A Zoom link for the lecture will be sent out on Saturday, April 10. Questions can be directed to 774-392-2383. The chorale’s website is falmouth chorale.org.