Barbara Strozzi: Sete pur fastidioso

Written by William Sharp


In category: Song of the Day

Published April 22, 2020

Roommates and lovers (who are sometimes both) are cooped up together these days, occasionally annoyed with one another.  I include a song which may describe something like that by the Venetian singer-songwriter Barbara Strozzi (1619-1677).  She was perhaps the most prolific composer of songs at that time and place.  Many of them remain unpublished. We are fortunate to be discovering them in recent years. Emanuela Galli sings “Sete pur fastidioso”.

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William Sharp’s association with NYFOS goes back to when it was but a twinkle in Steven and Michael’s eyes.  He fondly remembers those first concerts at packed-to-the-rafters Greenwich House (hot? — in more ways than one). He has appeared with most major American symphony orchestras, and has created world premiere performances and recordings of works by composers such as Leonard Bernstein, John Harbison, John Musto, Jon Deak, Libby Larson, David Del Tredici, Lori Laitman, Steven Paulus, Scott Wheeler, David Liptak, and Jörg Widmann. Mr. Sharp’s discography of several dozen discs encompasses music from the 12th century to today. His 1990 world premiere recording of Leonard Bernstein’s last major work Arias and Barcarolles (Blier/Barrett/Kaye), won a Grammy Award, and he was nominated for a Grammy (Best Classical Vocal Performance) for his recording with Mr. Blier featuring the works of American composers such as Virgil Thomson, John Musto and Lee Hoiby. He is winner of the Carnegie Hall International American Music Competition, the Young Concert Artists International Auditions, the Kathleen Ferrier Memorial Prize, and the Geneva International Competition. He has taught voice at the university level since 1977, and joined the Peabody Conservatory faculty in 2002. His students are performing throughout the world in concert and opera.


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