As with scarcely any other work of the 17th century, Monteverdi’s Vespers has found its way into today’s repertoire. Nevertheless, the Vespers still leaves open many questions. The edition, with its critical examination of the sources, takes up these oft-discussed issues concerning scoring possibilities, performance practice, transpositions and liturgical unity. Performance material is organized in a flexible manner to allow for the use of different instruments in those movements without obbligato instruments in order to reinforce the vocal parts and thus invites an individual musical approach to the challenge presented by Monteverdi’s Vespers.
- based on all surviving copies of the print from 1610- early handwritten additions in these copies were taken into consideration for the edition, however these were not adopted without written indication- variant readings between the parts and the basso continuo score are rendered on ossia staves
- the original note values and pitch levels have been retained
- detailed foreword with an explanation of the work, the history of its transmission, and a history of the various editions and liturgical performance practice
Flexible use of performance material
- choirs may use either the vocal score or the economical choral score- colla-parte instrumental parts are available for each of the psalms and for the hymn
- each of the colla-parte parts includes the complete corresponding vocal part with singing text, and the beginning of each verse is also indicated
- the use of the parts is fl exible and allows for diverse scoring variants; for example, in pieces for double choir each of the winds and string parts contains both choir parts
- alternative scoring possibilities are suggested in the foreword
- the performance material included in the edition enables Monteverdi’s Vespers to be performed using the maximum scoring, but the work may also be performed with a smaller ensemble
- Scoring: Soli SSATTBB, Coro SATB/SATB, 2 Fl, 2 Fifari, 3 Ctto, 3 Trb, 2 Vl, 3 Va, Vc, Vn, Bc
- Duration: 83 min.
The editor Uwe Wolf is a specialist for notational practice of the early 17th century has a broad editorial experience. He has published a number of articles and studies on the Vespers and has held seminars on the work at various universities. And he brings his practical experience to the edition as a cornettist (Zink player) through numerous performances of the Vespers both in Germany and abroad.