2019 Pasqua Benedetto Marcello ai Frari


Spiritual Elevation in Music during Holy Week




Salmo XV    Signor, dall’empia gene

     for alto, viola da gamba and basso continuo

Salmo XIV   O Signor, chi sarà mai

     for soprano, viola da gamba and basso continuo

Sonata in la Minore, op. 2 n.3

    for viola da gamba

Salmo III    O Dio, perché cotanto è mai cresciuto

     for soprano, alto, viola da gamba and basso continuo



Francesca Scaini                   soprano

Giovanna Dissera Bragadin   alto

Silvia De Rosso                     viola da gamba

Luigi Favot                            organo

Roberta Reeder                    narrator (English)

Federica Zagatti                   narrator (Italiano)



Tuesday 16 April 2019 at 8.30 p.m.

Boat Stop: San Tomà


Admission free subject to availability

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Among the admirers of Benedetto Marcello’s Psalms are Goethe, Rossini and Verdi. An aristocrat from an illustrious Venetian family, all his life Marcello served the State, but at the same time was a poet, writer and composer. Marcello continued having great influence on music from the 18th through the 19th century, when Antonio Vivaldi had been totally forgotten; unfortunately in the nineteenth century Marcello remained in the shadows.

However, at the Basilica dei Frari, Veince, Tuesday, 16 April at 8.30 p.m., Musica Venezia will remember this great composer and honor him with a concert, “Spiritual Elevation in Music for Holy Week” with Psalms III, XIV and XV from his Estro poetico-armonico (Venice, 1724-1747), psalms set to music for voices and basso continuo. This collection contains the first 50 Psalms by Girolamo Ascanio Giustinaini’s Italian paraphrase of the Vulgate Latin Biblical version.

The concert will be performed by Francesca Scaini, soprano, Giovanna Dissera Bragadin, alto, Silvia De Rosso, viola da gamba, Luigi Favor, organo; Roberta Reeder (English) and Federica Zagatti (Italian) narrators.