Leonard Library makes music
Sept. 24, 2010 -- Holding the only hand-written copy of a 300-year old piece of music by the renowned Italian composer Alessandro Scarlatti (1660-1725), the J. Paul Leonard Library made a new Italian recording of the work possible. Recorded live in Venice, Italy, to commemorate the 350th anniversary of the composer's birth, the Ars et Labor school of music's recording of "Il Primo Omicidio" is available on CD in the campus bookstore.
Part of the Library's Frank V. de Bellis Collection of Roman and Italian art and artifacts, the copy of the 1707 composition was performed this spring by the school's musicians and vocalists and recorded live at Oratorio del Gonfalone in Venice, a restored 16th century chamber music venue. Seven parts of this performance are posted on YouTube.
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