Tuesday, July 31, 2018

July 1610: Monteverdi's 'Vespers' published

Last updated August 26, 2018.

Vespro Della Beata Vergine (Vespers of the Blessed Virgin)

Claudio Monteverdi (composer)


Composed: 1610


Published: July 1610


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Genre: classical > choral music


Parts/Movements: 1) "Domine ad adiuvandum" for 6 voices, Mxiv 123 2) "Dixit Dominus" for 6 voices & 6 instruments, Mxiv 133 3) "Nigra sum sed formosa for 1 voice, Mxiv150 4) "Laudate, pueri, Dominum" for 8 voices & organ, Mxiv153 5) "Pulchra es, amica mea" for 2 voices, Mxiv170 6) "Laetatus sum" for 6 voices, Mxiv174 7) "Duo Seraphim clamabant" for 3 voices, Mxiv190 8) "Nisi Dominus aedificaverit domum" for 10 voices, Mxiv198 9) "Audi, coelum, verba mea" for 1 voice & 6-part chorus, Mxiv227 10) "Lauda, Jerusalem, Dominum" for 7 voices, Mxiv237 11) "Sonata sopra 'Sancta Maria' ora pro nobis" for 1 voice & 8 instruments, Mxiv250 12) "Ave maris stella" for 2 voices, double chorus & 5 instruments, Mxiv250 13) "Magnificat" I for 7 voices, 9 winds, 2 violins & cello, Mxiv285 14) "Magnificat" II for 6 voices for organ, Mxiv327


Average Length: 95:50

Review:

“The historical interest of this work is almost as great as its inherent qualities. Vespers are part of the daily Offices, or Canonical Hours, of the church, music for the Offices including psalms (with antiphons), hymns, and canticles, as well as chanted lessons (with responsories). Although inspired by the Church Office, Monteverdi’s Vespers in many ways transcends the original concept, perfectly exemplifying the transition between austere Renaissance polyphony and sheer Baroque splendor. Monteverdi makes his characteristic contribution to sacred music in a bold, almost operatic, style, complete with daring stereophonic and echo effects, and includes a suite of instrumental dances, concerti sections for both voices and orchestra, and a love song. To what extent this is liturgical music is debatable in view of the choice of texts, which some in Monteverdi’s time considered blasphemous. Completed in 1610, the Vespers was written for the court of the Gonzaga family in Mantua, where Monteverdi was employed from 1590 to 1612, and dedicated to Pope Paul V. But the composition’s true home is undoubtedly the cathedral of St. Mark in Venice, where Monteverdi was appointed maestro di cappella in 1613. Indeed, the Vespers could well have been conceived with its echoing spaces, galleries, balconies, organ, and choir lofts in mind.” AMG

“The sections contain striking contrasts, but the unity and continuity of Monteverdi’s grand design is maintained theatrically as well as musically. The overture, for choir and orchestra, is manifestly operatic, and close to that of Monteverdi’s first opera, Orfeo — an upsurge of joyous energy, interposed by an orchestral toccata and ending with a jubilant Alleluia. The instrumentation (cornets, sackbuts, a variety of single and double reeds, recorders, strings, organ, and harpsichord) is, with the exception of the instrumental ritornelli, mainly intended to contribute to the formal structure of the choral sections, coloring the choir in the manner of organ stops, as in the Dixit Dominus, Laetatus sum, Audi, coelum, and the beginning and end of the closing Magnificat, the climax of the whole work. The ways in which Monteverdi treats the cantus firmus by incorporating it into the counterpoint of the choral writing, as in ‘Dixit Dominus’ (Psalm 109), is not found in earlier choral literature, nor is the flowing, unfettered parlando (recitation) style used in Nigra sum, a metrically free poem with allusions to the biblical Song of Solomon. The concerto Due Seraphim is probably the most interesting section in the Vespers. It is set for two ‘answering’ voices — a sort of singing competition for angels — and almost exceeds the limits of human vocal technique. The choral writing is also demanding in its splendor and complexity, much of it in six, seven, and, as in the psalm Laudate pueri, eight parts; yet the simplicity of the two-part hymn Ave Maris stella is also among the many treasures of this magnificent work.” AMG

“It has not been easy to arrive at satisfactory modern performing editions of the Vespers, and interpretations differ in important details. The title page of the first edition is inscribed ‘ad Sacella sive Principum Cubicula accomodata Opera’ (for use in princely rooms and chapels),’ but unfortunately several modern editors have attempted to regard it as a vast choral work, ignoring the comparatively small forces needed to realize its grandeur. This work was little known and not recorded until the 1930s, when musicologists and scholars, such as Nadia Boulanger, researched the puzzles and complexities of authentic Baroque performance.” AMG


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Sunday, July 29, 2018

Top Songs from 1990 to 1999

First posted on DMDB Facebook page on 1/24/2011, updated 7/29/2018.

These are the top 100 songs from 1990-1999 according to Dave’s Music Database. When a title was recognized as the Song of the Year, it is noted with a code following the song. A key to the codes is at the bottom of the page.

1. I Will Always Love You…Whitney Houston (1992) AG, AMA, BB, BMI, DM, G-R, VF, SS, JW
2. Smells Like Teen Spirit…Nirvana (1991) AG, DM, MJ, NME, SS
3. Candle in the Wind 1997 (Goodbye England’s Rose)…Elton John (1997) BB, DM, VF, JW
4. (Everything I Do) I Do It for You…Bryan Adams (1991) AMA, BB, CB, VF, JW
5. My Heart Will Go On…Celine Dion (1997) AG, G-R, G-S, VF
6. Nothing Compares 2 U…Sinead O’Connor (1990) DM, MJ, VF, RS
7. Losing My Religion…R.E.M. (1991) RS
8. Baby One More Time…Britney Spears (1998) AG, DM, VF, Q
9. One…U2 (1992) Q
10. Gangsta’s Paradise…Coolio with L.V. (1995) AG, BB, DM, VF, RS, SS

11. Wonderwall…Oasis (1995)
12. Bittersweet Symphony…The Verve (1997) MJ, NME, Q, RS
13. Creep…Radiohead (1993) MJ, NME
14. Smooth…Santana with Rob Thomas (1999) AG, DM, G-R, G-S, JW
15. Wannabe…Spice Girls (1996) DM, VF
16. I’ll Make Love to You…Boyz II Men (1994) AG, AMA, BMI, CB, DM, JW
17. Believe…Cher (1998) BB
18. One Sweet Day…Mariah Carey with Boyz II Men (1995) JW
19. End of the Road…Boyz II Men (1992) AMA, BB, CB
20. Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)…Los Del Rio (1995) AG, BB, CB, JW

21. Un-Break My Heart…Toni Braxton (1996)
22. I’ll Be Missing You…Puff Daddy with Faith Evans & 112 (1997) AG
23. Don’t Speak…No Doubt (1996)
24. Vogue…Madonna (1990)
25. Under the Bridge…Red Hot Chili Peppers (1992)
26. Loser…Beck (1993) DM, MJ, RS
27. Iris…Goo Goo Dolls (1998)
28. Everybody Hurts…R.E.M. (1993)
29. I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing…Aerosmith (1998) PCM
30. Waterfalls…TLC (1995)

31. You’re Still the One…Shania Twain (1998) BMI
32. Tears in Heaven…Eric Clapton (1992) G-R, G-S
33. November Rain…Guns N’ Roses (1991)
34. Enter Sandman…Metallica (1991)
35. Because You Loved Me…Celine Dion (1996)
36. Torn…Natalie Imbruglia (1997)
37. You Oughta Know…Alanis Morissette (1995)
38. Common People…Pulp (1995) MJ
39. Kiss from a Rose…Seal (1994) G-R, G-S
40. I Swear…All-4-One (1994)

41. Streets of Philadelphia…Bruce Springsteen (1994) G-S, VF, SS
42. I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Wont’ Do That)…Meat Loaf (1993)
43. Live Forever…Oasis (1994) MJ, NME, Q
44. Livin’ La Vida Loca…Ricky Martin (1999)
45. Jeremy…Pearl Jam (1992)
46. Paranoid Android…Radiohead (1997)
47. Mmmbop…Hanson (1997)
48. I Believe I Can Fly...R.Kelly (1996)
49. The Boy Is Mine…Brandy & Monica (1998) JW
50. Ironic…Alanis Morissette (1996)

51. That’s the Way Love Goes…Janet Jackson (1993)
52. All I Wanna Do…Sheryl Crow (1993) G-R, PCM
53. Song 2…Blur (1997)
54. Vision of Love…Mariah Carey (1990)
55. Love Is All Around…Wet Wet Wet (1994)
56. Take a Bow…Madonna (1994)
57. Don’t Look Back in Anger…Oasis (1996) NME
58. Angels…Robbie Williams (1997)
59. Fantasy…Mariah Carey (1995)
60. No Scrubs…TLC (1999) RS

61. Enjoy the Silence…Depeche Mode (1990)
62. Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)…Green Day (1997)
63. Unfinished Sympathy…Massive Attack (1991) Q
64. Missing (dance remix)…Everything But the Girl (1995)
65. The Sign…Ace of Base (1994) BB
66. Nuthin’ But a “G” Thang…Dr. Dre with Snoop Doggy Dogg (1993)
67. Ray of Light…Madonna (1998)
68. Hero…Mariah Carey (1993)
69. U Can’t Touch This…M.C. Hammer (1990) AG
70. Black or White…Michael Jackson (1991) AG

71. Jump…Kris Kross (1992)
72. No Diggity…Blackstreet with Dr. Dre (1995)
73. My Name Is…Eminem (1999) Q
74. Baby Got Back…Sir Mix-A-Lot (1992) PCM
75. Dreamlover…Mariah Carey (1993) JW
76. All I Want for Christmas…Mariah Carey (1994)
77. Say My Name…Destiny’s Child (1999)
78. Unforgettable…Natalie Cole with Nat “King” Cole (1991) G-R, G-S, PCM
79. A Whole New World…Peabo Bryson with Regina Belle (1992) G-S
80. Come As You Are…Nirvana (1991)

81. Champagne Supernova…Oasis (1995)
82. Save the Best for Last…Vanessa Williams (1992)
83. How Do I Live…LeAnn Rimes (1997)
84. Breathe…Faith Hill (1999) BB, BMI
85. 1979…Smashing Pumpkins (1995) RS
86. Genie in a Bottle…Christina Aguilera (1999)
87. I Want It That Way…Backstreet Boys (1999)
88. Amazed…Lonestar (1999)
89. Doo Wop (That Thing)...Lauryn Hill (1998) RS
90. Mambo No. 5 (A Little Bit of…)…Lou Bega (1999)

91. Wind of Change…The Scorpions (1991)
92. Fake Plastic Trees…Radiohead (1995)
93. Change the World…Eric Clapton (1996) G-R, G-S
94. It Must Have Been Love…Roxette (1990)
95. Basket Case…Green Day (1994)
96. Can You Feel the Love Tonight…Elton John (1994)
97. Alive…Pearl Jam (1991)
98. Truly, Madly, Deeply…Savage Garden (1997)
99. Beauty and the Beast…Celine Dion & Peabo Bryson (1991)
100. I Love You Always Forever…Donna Lewis (1996) CB


Songs Which Won Year-End Awards But Didn’t Make the Top 100:
  • All Star…Smash Mouth (1999) PCM
  • Barbie Girl…Aqua (1997) PCM
  • Because I Love You (The Postman Song)…Stevie B (1990) CB, JW
  • Blaze of Glory…Jon Bon Jovi (1990) AMA
  • Born Slippy…Underworld (1995) Q
  • Breathe Again…Toni Braxton (1993) BMI
  • Can’t Help Falling in Love…UB40 (1993) VF
  • City Sickness…Tindersticks (1993) NME
  • Cotton Eye Joe…Rednex (1994) PCM
  • A Design for Life…Manic Street Preachers (1996) MJ, NME
  • Fields of Gold…Sting (1993) SS
  • Firestarter…The Prodigy (1996) Q
  • From a Distance…Bette Midler (1990) G-S
  • Grease Megamix…Olivia Newton-John & John Travolta (1990) PCM
  • Hold On…Wilson Phillips (1990) BB
  • Ice Ice Baby…Vanilla Ice (1990) PCA
  • Intergalactic…Beastie Boys (1998) NME
  • It’s All Coming Back to Me Now…Celine Dion (1996) BMI
  • Kiss Me…Sixpence None the Richer (1998) SS
  • Loaded…Primal Scream (1990) NME
  • Love Takes Time…Mariah Carey (1990) BMI
  • Not Dark Yet…Bob Dylan (1997) SS
  • The Obvious Child…Paul Simon (1990) SS
  • Runaway Train…Soul Asylum (1993) RS
  • Save Tonight…Eagle-Eye Cherry (1998) BMI
  • Smoke Rings in the Dark…Gary Allan (1999) SS
  • Sunny Came Home…Shawn Colvin (1996) G-R, G-S, SS
  • Tennessee….Arrested Development (1992) RS
  • Too Close…Next (1998) BB
  • Tubthumping…Chumbawumba (1997) BMI
  • What Is Love?...Haddaway (1993) PCM
  • When a Man Loves a Woman…Michael Bolton (1991) BMI
  • Whoomp! There It Is…Tag Team (1993) CB
  • Windowlicker…Aphex Twin (1999) NME

Key to the Codes: Click here for a full list of all year-end song awards.

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Top 100 Songs from 1960-1969

First posted on DMDB Facebook page on 4/2/11, updated 4/20/2019.

These are the top 100 songs from 1960-1969 according to Dave’s Music Database. Titles receiving “Song of the Year” honors are noted. Click here for a full list of “Song of the Year” awards.

1. Hey Jude…The Beatles (1968)
2. (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction…The Rolling Stones (1965)
3. I Heard It Through the Grapevine…Marvin Gaye (1968)
4. Respect…Aretha Franklin (1967)
5. Good Vibrations…The Beach Boys (1966)
6. I Want to Hold Your Hand…The Beatles (1963)
7. Yesterday…The Beatles (1965)
8. (Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay…Otis Redding (1968)
9. Like a Rolling Stone…Bob Dylan (1965)
10.
(Oh) Pretty Woman…Roy Orbison (1964)

11. Stand by Me…Ben E. King (1961)
12. You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’…The Righteous Brothers (1964)
13. The House of the Rising Sun…The Animals (1964)
14. It’s a Small World After All…The Disneyland Chorus (1964)
15. Unchained Melody…The Righteous Brothers (1965)
16. Brown-Eyed Girl…Van Morrison (1967)
17. A Whiter Shade of Pale…Procol Harum (1967)
18. The Twist…Chubby Checker (1960)
19. Suspicious Minds…Elvis Presley (1969)
20. Louie Louie…The Kingsmen (1963)

21. My Girl…The Temptations (1965)
22. I Can’t Stop Loving You…Ray Charles (1962)
23. Light My Fire…The Doors (1967)
24. When a Man Loves a Woman…Percy Sledge (1966)
25. Honky Tonk Women…The Rolling Stones (1969)
26. I’m a Believer…The Monkees (1966)
27. Proud Mary…Creedence Clearwater Revival (1969)
28. Georgia on My Mind…Ray Charles (1960)
29. You Really Got Me…The Kinks (1964)
30.
What a Wonderful World…Louis Armstrong (1967)

31. Mrs. Robinson…Simon & Garfunkel (1968)
32. It’s Now or Never…Elvis Presley (1960)
33. She Loves You…The Beatles (1963)
34. All Along the Watchtower…The Jimi Hendrix Experience (1968)
35. Be My Baby…The Ronettes (1963)
36. The Sound of Silence…Simon & Garfunkel (1965)
37. Runaway…Del Shannon (1961)
38. Sugar, Sugar…The Archies (1969)
39. Reach Out (I’ll Be There)…Four Tops (1966)
40. Strawberry Fields Forever…The Beatles (1967)

41. Dancing in the Street…Martha & the Vandellas (1964)
42. My Generation…The Who (1965)
43. Crazy…Patsy Cline (1961)
44. God Only Knows…The Beach Boys (1966)
45. Are You Lonesome Tonight?...Elvis Presley (1960)
46. Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In…The 5th Dimension (1969)
47. Born to Be Wild…Steppenwolf (1968)
48. I Want You Back…The Jackson 5 (1969)
49. Nights in White Satin…The Moody Blues (1967)
50. Get Back…The Beatles with Billy Preston (1969)

51. A Day in the Life…The Beatles (1967)
52. Something…The Beatles (1969)
53. California Dreamin’…The Mamas & the Papas (1966)
54. Space Oddity…David Bowie (1969)
55. Help!...The Beatles (1965)
56. The Tracks of My Tears…The Miracles (1965)
57. Penny Lane…The Beatles (1967)
58. Whole Lotta Love…Led Zeppelin (1969)
59. Cathy’s Clown…The Everly Brothers (1960)
60. Mr. Tambourine Man…The Byrds (1965)

61. Strangers in the Night…Frank Sinatra (1966)
62. Can’t Buy Me Love…The Beatles (1964)
63. Moon River…Henry Mancini with Audrey Hepburn (1961)
64. For What It’s Worth…Buffalo Springfield (1967)
65. The Letter…The Box Tops (1967)
66. Paint It, Black…The Rolling Stones (1966)
67. Save the Last Dance for Me…The Drifters (1960)
68. Jumpin’ Jack Flash…The Rolling Stones (1968)
69. Purple Haze…The Jimi Hendrix Experience (1967)
70. Where Did Our Love Go…The Supremes (1964)

71. Sympathy for the Devil…The Rolling Stones (1968)
72. I Got You (I Feel Good)…James Brown (1965)
73. Stop! In the Name of Love…The Supremes (1965)
74. Can’t Help Falling in Love…Elvis Presley (1961)
75. Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head…B.J. Thomas (1969)
76. Baby Love…The Supremes (1964)
77. Happy Together…The Turtles (1967)
78. Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher and Higher…Jackie Wilson (1967)
79. You Can’t Hurry Love…The Supremes (1966)
80. King of the Road…Roger Miller (1965)

81. My Way…Frank Sinatra (1969)
82. Green Onions…Booker T. & the MG’s (1962)
83. White Rabbit…Jefferson Airplane (1967)
84. Daydream Believer…The Monkees (1967)
85. Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag…James Brown (1965)
86. All You Need Is Love…The Beatles (1967)
87. A Change Is Gonna Come…Sam Cooke (1965)
88. Twist and Shout…The Beatles (1963)
89. Theme from ‘A Summer Place’…Percy Faith (1960)
90. The Loco-Motion…Little Eva (1962)

91. California Girls…The Beach Boys (1965)
92. In the Midnight Hour…Wilson Pickett (1965)
93. Big Bad John…Jimmy Dean (1961)
94. Crying…Roy Orbison (1961)
95. Everyday People…Sly & the Family Stone (1968)
96. Will You Love Me Tomorrow…The Shirelles (1960)
97. Eleanor Rigby…The Beatles (1966)
98. Waterloo Sunset…The Kinks (1967)
99. River Deep, Mountain High…Ike & Tina Turner (1966)

100. In My Life…The Beatles (1965)


Songs Which Won Year-End Awards But Didn’t Make the Top 100:
  • Ain’t No Mountain High Enough…Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell (1967)
  • Apache…The Shadows (1960)
  • At Last…Etta James (1961)
  • The Ballad of the Green Berets…SSgt. Barry Sadler (1966)
  • Build Me Up Buttercup…The Foundations (1968)
  • Days of Wine and Roses…Henry Mancini (1963)
  • Distant Drums…Jim Reeves (1966)
  • Exodus (Theme from)…Ferrante & Teicher (1960)
  • Games People Play…Joe South (1968)
  • Gimme Shelter…The Rolling Stones (1969)
  • The Girl from Ipanema…Stan Getz & Astrud Gilberto (1964)
  • The Green, Green Grass of Home…Tom Jones (1966)
  • Hello, Dolly!...Louis Armstrong (1964)
  • I Left My Heart in San Francisco…Tony Bennett (1962)
  • I Remember You…Frank Ifield (1962)
  • I Love You Because…Jim Reeves (1964)
  • If I Had a Hammer…Trini Lopez (1963)
  • It Was a Very Good Year…Frank Sinatra (1965)
  • Little Green Apples…Roger Miller (1968)
  • Love is Blue…Paul Mauriat (1967)
  • Michelle…The Beatles (1965)
  • Misirlou…Dick Dale (1962)
  • Monster Mash…Bobby “Boris” Pickett & the Crypt-Kickers (1962)
  • Release Me…Engelbert Humperdinck (1967)
  • Running Scared…Roy Orbison (1961)
  • The Shadow of Your Smile (Theme from ‘The Sandpiper’)…Tony Bennett (1965)
  • Somethin’ Stupid…Frank Sinatra & Nancy Sinatra (1967)
  • Stranger on the Shore…Mr. Acker Bilk (1961)
  • Sugar Shack…Jimmy Gilmer & the Fireballs (1963)
  • Summer Wind…Frank Sinatra (1966)
  • A Taste of Honey…Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass (1965)
  • Tears…Ken Dodd (1965)
  • Telstar…The Tornadoes (1962)
  • Theme from ‘A Summer Place’…Percy Faith (1960)
  • To Sir with Love…Lulu (1967)
  • Tossin’ and Turnin’…Bobby Lewis (1961)
  • Up, Up and Away…The Fifth Dimension (1967)
  • What Kind of Fool Am I?...Sammy Davis, Jr. (1962)
  • Wooden Heart…Elvis Presley (1960)
  • Wooly Bully…Sam the Sham & the Pharoahs (1965)
  • Yakety Sax (Benny Hill Theme)…Boots Randolph (1963)