Boston Early Music Festival
PRE-CONCERT TALK | Thursday, June 10 at 7pm
Handel, Cardinal Pamphilj, and the voices of lamenting women
Presented by Ellen T. Harris, Class of 1949 Professor Emeritus at MIT
Handel’s Italian cantatas were a proving ground of Handel’s mature dramatic style. While he found the breadth and depth of his own expressive voice in the voices of abandoned women, he also learned, especially from leading members of the Arcadian Academy in Rome, how to control this feminized lamenting with the rational, masculinized principles of style and structure. And at both extremes he wrote some of the most beautiful and remarkable music of his entire career.