Les Métamorphose d’Orphée - Edition SDZ 1995
Gustave Courtois - Georges Callot - Edouard Rosset-Granger - Abel Boyé - Pascal Adolphe Jean Dagnan-Bouveret - Henri Regnault -
Emilie Levy - Auguste Hirsch - Auguste Leveque - Melchior Lechter
I am fascinated by the music of different periods of history. This playlist contains 30 works from the baroque period, featuring the composers Jacopo Peri, Henry Purcell, Johann Sebastian Bach, and more.
Baroque music is a style of Western art music composed from approximately 1600 to 1750. This era followed the Renaissance, and was followed in turn by the Classical era. The word “baroque" comes from the Portuguese word barroco, meaning misshapen pearl, a negative description of the ornate and heavily ornamented music of this period. Later, the name came to apply also to the architecture of the same period.
Baroque music forms a major portion of the "classical music" canon, being widely studied, performed, and listened to. Composers of the Baroque era include Johann Sebastian Bach, George Frideric Handel, Alessandro Scarlatti, Domenico Scarlatti, Antonio Vivaldi, Georg Philipp Telemann, Jean-Baptiste Lully, Arcangelo Corelli, Tomaso Albinoni, François Couperin, Denis Gaultier, Claudio Monteverdi, Heinrich Schütz,Jean-Philippe Rameau, Jan Dismas Zelenka, Johann Pachelbel, and Henry Purcell.
The Baroque period saw the creation of tonality. During the period, composers and performers used more elaborate musical ornamentation, made changes in musical notation, and developed new instrumental playing techniques. Baroque music expanded the size, range, and complexity of instrumental performance, and also established opera, cantata, oratorio, concerto, and sonata as musical genres. Many musical terms and concepts from this era are still in use today. (Wikipedia)
Saint Rose of Lima by José del Pozo, c. 1820 (detail)
the range of human emotion is vast and often inexpressible
"what’s your dream boyfriend like" Well mostly a dream
may you pick up your tea when it’s exactly the right temperature, and may you happen to glance out the window when the light is just how you like it.
Sappho; Greek Poet
One of the great Greek lyrists and few known female poets of the ancient world, Sappho.
Sappho was called a lyrist because she wrote her poems to be performed with the accompaniment of a lyre, she even composed her own music and refined the prevailing lyric meter to a point that it is now known as sapphic meter. She innovated lyric poetry both in technique and style, becoming part of a new wave of Greek lyrists who moved from writing poetry from the point of view of gods and muses to the personal vantage point of the individual. She was one of the first poets to write from the first person, describing love and loss as it affected her personally.
Her style was sensual and melodic; primarily songs of love, yearning, and reflection. Most commonly the target of her affections was female, often one of the many women sent to her for education in the arts.
In the 1920s, 30s and 40s, bisexual and lesbian women would give violets to the woman they were wooing, symbolizing their “Sapphic” desire. People believe that it was because Sappho described herself and a lover in a poem, wearing garlands of violets.
In the last century, Sappho has become so synonymous with woman-love that two of the most popular words to describe female homosexuality, lesbian and Sapphic, have derived from her, the word lesbian developing from the Isle of Lesbos which Sappho lived on.