Antonio Vivaldi – Gloria (1715)

Studied again in the context of Monteverdi’s 1610 Vespers of the Blessed Virgin Mary, in research on the settings of the Magnificat. Gloria Patri, et Filio, et Spiritui Sancto, / Sicut erat in principio, et nunc, et semper, et in saecula saeculorum. Monteverdi, towards the end of his Magnificat, sets these words with that extraordinary, imitative responsory by a second tenor, as if it comes from that place halfway between earth and heaven, to the improvisatory declamation of the first. When I hear this, I recall instantly when I stood, amazed, within Basilica di San Marco in Venice. And imagine in my mind’s ear the singing and sound of this Vesper in that basilica, four hundred years ago.

Basilica di San Marco (Courtesy: brittanica.com)

Basilica di San Marco (Courtesy: brittanica.com)

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