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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.

A photo of Italian musicians and singers performing in the restored Oratorio del Gonfalone, a marbled chamber dating back to the 16th century.

The performance of "Il Primo Omicidio" at the Oratorio del Gonfalone in Venice, Italy.












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