Vespro della Beata Vergine (Vespers for the Blessed Virgin; SV 206 and 206a) – more properly in Latin Vesperæ in Festis Beatæ Mariæ Virginis, or casually Vespers of 1610 – is a musical composition by Claudio Monteverdi. The liturgical vespers is an evening service following the Catholic Liturgy of the Hours. In scale, Monteverdi's Vespers was the most ambitious work of religious music before Bach. This 90-minute piece includes soloists, chorus, and orchestra and has both liturgical and extra-liturgical elements.
The text is compiled from several Biblical texts that are traditionally used as part of the liturgy of vespers and for Marian feasts in the Catholic Church: the introductory Deus in adiutorium (Psalm 70), five psalm settings, sacred motets (called Concerti) between the psalms, a traditional Marian hymn, a setting of the Magnificat text and the concluding Benedicamus Domino.
Performances & Interviews
- Monteverdi: Vespershttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01w8m5x.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01w8m5x.jpg2014-03-26T18:05:00.000ZSimon Heighes compares the available recordings of Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610 in this anniversary year.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p01w8m67
Monteverdi: VespersSimon Heighes compares the available recordings of Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610 in this anniversary year.
- Monteverdi: Vespers of 1610 – excerpt (2017)https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p05b8dq3.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p05b8dq3.jpg2017-08-01T12:30:00.000ZThe work's textural extremes, multiple choirs and sonic effects are brought to life in a performance marking the 450th anniversary of the composer’s birth.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p05b889j
Monteverdi: Vespers of 1610 – excerpt (2017)The work's textural extremes, multiple choirs and sonic effects are brought to life in a performance marking the 450th anniversary of the composer’s birth.