DI GIUSEPPE E I SUOI FRATELLI
Joseph and his Brethren – Musical drama in three acts, composed in the spirit of the early operas for five voices, basso continuo, and instruments.
Using the musical language and
context of the revolutionary musical Dramas by Cavalieri, Caccini, and
Monteverdi, the piece tells the story of Joseph and his brethren – one of the
most touching stories of the old testament. The piece was composed especially for ensemble Profeti della Quinta, and is set for five voices, instruments, and basso-continuo. The text is taken directly from the book of Genesis in its original Hebrew (subtitles in various languages are available).
The piece stresses the implications of taking
early music a step further: not only to bring music from the past to
the present day, but by acquiring lost skills of music making and attempting to
understand the spirit of the time, to create new work of art.
As written in the preface to Emilio de Cavalieri's Rappresentatione di Anima e di Corpo (1600, Rome), the aim of music is to move the feelings of the listeners: "mercy and happiness,
crying and laughter" (à pieta e à giubilo; à pianto e à riso"). The Rappresentatione di Giuseppe e i suoi Fratelli follows this ideal, and aims to move the affects of the listeners, even the doubtful ones.
The recording of the piece will be released
in March 2014 (2CD - Pan Classics)
| 24.11.2013, 19:00
Grande Salle du Conservatoire de Musique,
Place Neuve, Geneve, Switzerland
| 1.3.2014, 19:30
| 2.3.2014, 17:00
Introduction video with Anthony Rooley - Click here
Elam Rotem's article about "New-early music" and his Rappresentatione - Click here
Elam Rotem is the director of Profeti della Quinta, Harpscihord player, Bass singer and composer. He completed his specialized master studies at the
Schola Cantorum Basel (Basso-continuo, improvisation and composition) with
distinction. Apart from his activity in Profeti della Quinta, Elam is currently researching
the first musical dramas.
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