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La Grandezza Della Musica Imperiale: Composizioni per Orchestra

Academic journal article Notes

La Grandezza Della Musica Imperiale: Composizioni per Orchestra

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Johann Joseph Fux. La grandezza della musica imperiale: Composizioni per orchestra. Freiburger Barockorchester / Gottfried von der Goltz. Carus 83.308, 2006.

The late baroque era marked the beginning of a period of long musical preeminence for the city of Vienna and the Habs - burg court, which attracted the finest composers and instrumentalists from all over Europe. But like many of the musicians who achieved great fame and success in that rarefied atmosphere (and in other similar milieux of the period), Johann Joseph Fux is, if not forgotten, largely ignored today, and this disc constitutes a world premiere recording of five of his orchestral compositions, all of them lost for centuries and rediscovered only in 1945. Unlike the majority of Fux's output, all of these works are secular in nature and the dates and reasons for their composition are unclear. They are also quite varied in style and structure: the Overture in D Minor includes the traditional dance movements one might expect, as well as folk-music sections identified with specific birdsongs; the Suite in C Major is a processional piece complete with martial drums and trumpets; the piece titled Intrada falls somewhere in structure between an orchestral suite and a concerto grosso. …

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