Italian Composers

Claudio‌ ‌Monteverdi | Musical Moments with Philip Brunelle

In this Musical Moment, VocalEssence artistic director and founder Philip Brunelle shares insider information and beautiful music by the composer Claudio‌ ‌Monteverdi.  Claudio Monteverdi 1567-1643 The Italian composer, Claudio Monteverdi, was the most important musician in late 16th- and early 17th-century Italy, excelling in nearly all the major genres of the period. The young Monteverdi…  Read More

Pietro Yon | Musical Moments with Philip Brunelle

In this Musical Moment, VocalEssence artistic director and founder Philip Brunelle shares insider information and beautiful music by the composer Pietro Yon. Pietro Yon 1886-1943 Pietro Alessandro Yon was an Italian-born organist and composer best known for his works Gesù bambino and the organ piece Natale in Sicilia. Yon studied at the conservatories of both…  Read More

Gian Carlo Menotti | Musical Moments with Philip Brunelle

In this Musical Moment, VocalEssence artistic director and founder Philip Brunelle shares insider information and beautiful music by the composer Gian Carlo Menotti. This episode features Tenor Dan Dressen. Gian Carlo Menotti 1911-2007 Gian Carlo Menotti, the Italian-American composer and librettist, became the most-performed contemporary opera composer of his era. At age  7, under the…  Read More

Gioachino Rossini | Musical Moments with Philip Brunelle

In this Musical Moment, VocalEssence artistic director and founder Philip Brunelle shares insider information and beautiful music by the composer Gioachino Rossini. This episode features a duet with Soprano Maria Jette and Mezzo-Soprano Clara Osowski.  Gioachino Rossini 1792-1868 No composer in the first half of the 19th century enjoyed the measure of prestige, wealth, popular…  Read More

Vivaldi

Antonio Vivaldi | Musical Moments with Philip Brunelle

In this Musical Moment, VocalEssence artistic director and founder Philip Brunelle shares insider information and beautiful music by the composer Antonio Vivaldi. Antonio Vivaldi 1678-1741 Italian Baroque composer Antonio Vivaldi found the greatest acclaim in his lifetime for his works for strings, but today, he is regarded as a master composer of opera and church…  Read More

Respighi

Ottorino Respighi | Musical Moments with Philip Brunelle

In this Musical Moment, VocalEssence artistic director and founder Philip Brunelle shares insider information and beautiful music by the composer Ottorino Respighi. Ottorino Respighi 1879-1936 Italian composer Ottorino Respighi is most known for his orchestral works, but he also composed several superb pieces for choir. Respighi’s father, a piano teacher, encouraged him in his study…  Read More