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A House Near Luccoli & To A Strange Somewhere Fled: Fine Historical Fiction by DM Denton
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A novel set in 17th century Genoa, imagining an intimacy with the 17th century composer Alessandro Stradella.
A novel set in 17th century Genoa, imagining an intimacy with the 17th century composer Alessandro Stradella.

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Henry Purcell - An Evening Hymn
Thomas Cooley, tenor
Voices of Music
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Passacaglia de Henry Purcell, soberba!
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Meet a young Henry Purcell in my novel "To A Strange Somewhere Fled", sequel to "A House Near Luccoli" featuring the legendary Italian Composer Alessandro Stradella.

It was during my research for "A House Near Luccoli" that I came upon the claim, noted in the introduction to Purcell Studies edited by Curtis Price, that Henry Purcell had openly regretted Alessandro Stradella’s death and, because of the Italian’s “great merit as a musician”, forgiven his fatal indiscretions.
Henry Purcell
 Airs d'opéras & songs

Andreas Scholl: countertenor
Accademia Bizantina
Conducted by Stefano Montanari

00:00:56 • The gordian knot unty'd, Z. 597
00:12:54 • If music be the food of love, Z. 379
00:15:27 • Sweeter than roses, Z. 585
00:19:32 • Now that the sun hath veil'd its light, Z. 193
00:25:18 • Chaconne - King Arthur, Z. 628
00:29:53 • When I am laid in earth - Dido and Aeneas, Z. 193
00:35:26 • Cold song - King Arthur, Z. 628
00:39:41 • Pavan in G minor, Z. 752
00:50:15 • Here the deities approve, Z. 339
00:55:02 • O solitude, my sweetest choice, Z. 406
01:02:22 • Music for while, Z. 583
01:07:16 • Sonata of three parts in G major, Z. 797
01:14:25 • Fairest isle, all isles excelling, Z. 628
01:22:30 • One charming night - The fairy Queen, Z. 629
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Henry Purcell
Rondeau from Abdelazer (Z570)
Voices of Music
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Perhaps not for purists? A little too frantic? Or just taking on a life of its own beyond the composer's intentions?
Henry Purcell
Sound the trumpet
An interesting interpretation of Purcell's Sound the trumpet

conductor: Emmanuelle Haim
countertenors: Philippe Jaroussky, Pascal Bertin
orchestra: Le Concert d'Astrée
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The dais at the north end was designated for the music of friends. Roger worried over the personalities that would perform, a program created that listed them in alphabetical order except Master Purcell was acknowledged first to perform last. The chairs and music stands were set up with the expectation that they would be moved around to accommodate one complaint or other. Donatella tried to reassure Roger that musicians would always reconcile for the sake of the music, as she had seen Alessandro and Lonati do.

Keeping true to A House Near Luccoli, much of the foundation of this novel relies heavily on music as expression. The cadences and temperaments of compositions are reflected in Denton’s pacing as well as her confidently executed freedom of narrative … revelations are made, characters introduced, and emotions uncovered with unexpected swells and surges of expression.
~ from review by Casee Marie Clow, Literary Inklings (http://literaryinklings.com/2015/05/to-a-strange-somewhere-fled-by-d-m-denton/)
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Even after almost four years, it’s so thrilling to know that my novel A House Near Luccoli is still finding new readers. Thank you to Christoph Fischer, who is a very fine writer himself, for taking the time and interest in engaging with the novel and writing such a beautiful review. While you’re visiting his site, please take a look at his excellent publications.
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There was ‪#‎music‬, not all of it imagined. ‪#‎history‬ ‪#‎fiction‬
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"I think if we can recognize the music of Stradella - in particular for two characteristics that typify all his vocal music, but also his instrumental music - his music is completely tonal and, therefore, sounds modern to us. And he makes one modulation after another ... his music is varied from beginning to end. The other characteristic is the great attention he pays to the text: he understands the structure of the text and he knows what this means and the music then pays attention to the word, to the syllables, to the sense and the drama." Caroline Gianturco: "Alessandro Stradella (1639-1682): His Life and Music" (Oxford, 1994) and "Alessandro Stradella (1639-1682): A Thematic Catalogue of His Compositions" (Stuyvesant, N.Y., 1991) .
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