Giacomo Meyerbeer Letellier, Robert Ignatius

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Letellier, Robert Ignatius
Meyerbeer, Giacomo, 1791-1864; Music: styles & genres.; Cantatas - Scores.
The fame of Giacomo Meyerbeer is associated preeminently with the operatic stage, but he wrote for the voice extensively in other genres as well, and produced a small body of carefully crafted religious works throughout his life that reveal the depth of his religious convictions, and also his ecumenical openness to all forms of religious devotion. While studying with the Abbé Vogler in Darmstadt, the young composer had opportunities to show off his skills and serious endeavours. These were ... The cantatas of Giacomo Meyerbeer (1791-1864), spanning his middle and late life, were written in response to royal and civic commissions to celebrate dynastic events and to praise the deeds of famous men. Their festive nature is indicated in the titles: festival song, festival greeting, festival hymn, homage. Like a continuation of the 18th-century tradition of patronage, the more famous Meyerbeer became, the more his services were required by public authorities. Although a burden to him, a ...
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