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1653, France. The "Sun King" takes over the ballet stage and the reins of the country: a legendary moment of art-as-propaganda...
With its vivid depiction of Mother Nature, Vivaldi's Four Seasons needs little introduction. But what about all the creatures that inhabit this musical world? From chirping birds to barking dogs, Vivaldi's animals have voices of their own!
Handel's funeral in 1759 culminated in his burial in Westminster Abbey. Handel was German, but the 1784 "Commemoration" concert was that of a Englishman.
The Matthew Passion was all but buried with Bach in 1750. But following its 1829 resurrection, courtesy of Felix Mendelssohn, it seems to have taken on a life of its own...
Claudio Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo isn’t the first opera. But it’s remarkably close.