Neapolitan Sacred Music in the time of Pergolesi
Celebrating the third Centenary of Manna and Abos
Gennaro Manna (1715-1779) and Girolamo Abos (1715-1760), two composers, improperly considered as "minor" – born in the same year exactely three centuries
ago – indeed witnesses of acted as protagonists of the great musical ferment produced in Naples during the 18th centurey by the “Neapolitan School”. in the
city of Naples in the 18th-century school. Along with David Perez (1711-1778), these two composers, lived in the times that saw the the birth of were active in
Naples at the same age as Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (1710-1736), a myth in the musical history.
All together the “Neapolitans” have created and developed large musical forms between late Baroque and Classicism, ranging from opera and cantata to oratorio and large pages of sacred music scores: not by chance they are today considered among the inventors of the Galant Age. bringing their testimony in all large European courts. Antonio Florio conductor, 4 voices (SATB) 2 violins, viola, cello, double bass and organ. Fruits and fish, angler and innkeepers Antonio Florio’s Cappella Neapolitana contribute to the Expo 2015 theme, feeding the planet, with a themed concert, appropriately titled “Fruit and fish, angler and innkeepers”. The Cappella Neapolitana used to formulate programmes that revolve around a specific theme, drawing on a vast and still largely unexplored Neapolitan musical heritage of the Eighteenth century. The authors in this programme, such as, Provencal, Vinci, De Majo and the others up to Pergolesi, were all masters of the Conservatories of Naples, one of the liveliest and most important musical centers of Europe in the Eighteenth century. Pergolesi, despite his early death at the age of 26, was one of the most widely copied and counterfeited authors, due to the immense popularity of his music...