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<p>400 years ago Claudio Monteverdi wrote a piece that might never have been intended to be performed in a church, it was most likely a show-off piece written to get a job in Rome.</p>
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<p>That said, it is a work of art that I have always always wanted to see performed live.  It's a biotch to get together though, because it is written for instruments that very few people play today, theorbo, sackbutt, cornett... and it requires a setting where voices can perform in various locations "hidden" in the hall. </p>
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<p>I got a note a couple of weeks ago from a local performer who is helping to organize a performance next week.  She also hosts the Sing Along Messiah that we enjoy every year.  Unfortunately the performance is the same night as our quartet is singing at a local folk club.  I wrote to her something along the lines of "Drat, drat, drat!"</p>
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<p>Last night she wrote back and invited us to the dress rehearsal where we will essentially have the hall to ourselves.  A couple of family members of the choir will attend, but this is like a dream come true, a command performance!</p>
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A small thing, but given my current state of health and being it made my evening and even today I am sailing. </p>
 
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<p>Current state of health?</p>
 

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<p>or Ravel's Bolero being an exercise in precision and timing.<br><br>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Buxtehude</strong> <a href="/forum/thread/70149/monteverdi-s-vespers-of-1610#post_1945753"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border-right:0px solid;border-top:0px solid;border-left:0px solid;border-bottom:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>On my last job application, the most I wrote was some nonsense on why I wanted to work for XYZ bank.</p>
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<p>Bach wrote a Mass.</p>
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