It is no secret that the Bay Area loves its choirs. And it’s nice when we really get to flex our choral muscles.
This weekend, back in the Bay by popular demand, Cal Performances presents “The Polychoral Splendors of Renaissance Florence” Alessandro Striggio's Missa sopra Ecco sì beato giorno for 40 and 60 voices. The piece was last performed in 2008 at the Berkeley Festival & Exhibition. This mass is the largest known contrapuntal choral work in Western music.
UC Berkeley Musicology Professor Davitt Moroney spent twenty years looking for the 16th century manuscript and finally found it in 2005; it was miscataloged, filed under the wrong composer name and the wrong title.CLICK HERE TO READ THE REST OF THE ARTICLE
Watch and Listen to UC Berkeley musicologist and conductor Davitt Moroney as he discusses this work.