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Matteo Ricci (1552–1610)

17 March 2017

Matteo Ricci Matteo Ricci was born into a noble Italian family in Macerata, Italy. He studied law in Rome but became more interested in the new science that was sweeping Western Europe....

Sacred Music in Liturgical Context

4 March 2017

Musicians at San Marco in Venice In the early 80s, while studying baroque cello at the Schola Cantorum in Basel, Switzerland I had the opportunity to play Bach St. John Passion at...

The Timelessness of Beauty

19 January 2017

Annunciation Last Sunday, I attended Artek’s performance of Monteverdi’s Vespro della Beata Vergine at the National Gallery in Washington DC. It was lovely to hear a fine...

Performing Sacred Music in Liturgical Context

27 December 2016

Musicians at San Marco in Venice As Magnificat turns our attention to December’s performances of the mass setting by Chiara Margarita Cozzolani, I decided it would be a good...