Carolina Pro Musica: St. Petersburg during Catherine the Great

Monday, March 31, 2013, 8pm

From the 1750s on, the Imperial Court looked to Italy for inspiration in cultural matters. Italian-born Chapel masters including Galuppi and Paisiello also wrote musical entertainments. Many operas in Italian and others in French premiered in St. Petersburg Russia!

During the reign of the Empress Elizabeth Petrovna, a large number of artists, architects, sculptors and musicians left Italy for St Petersburg. The list of chapel masters of the Court Choir during the 18th century is a continuous stream of foreigners. They wrote for the Court chapel and had a lasting influence on young Russian composers, including Bortnyansky (1751-1825) who studied with Galuppi in Italy from 1769 to 1779. On his return he became Chapel Master at the Imperial Court, and then Director. He is the undisputable master of the Italian style, as is shown by his large number of virtuosic choral concerti as well as his considerable quantity of secular music. His lyrical style, in combination with western counterpoint, made him the outstanding composer of this period. As French was the language of the Russian Court many secular works were written in French.

Experience old St. Petersburg as presented by Carolina Pro Musica. Much of this music has never been heard outside of Europe or even Russia!

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Location: The Abbey Basilica

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