We are excited to announce the second instalment of our new short film series, Seconda Prattica is out now. We continue our series with a gentle musical piece by Rossi, Dormite, begl’occhi featuring three extraordinary singers, Taryn Fiebig, Anna Dowsley and Chloe Lankshear.Dormite, begl’occhi is a lullaby from Rossi’s baroque opera Orfeo and was written to charm the leading character to sleep. It creates a peaceful mood with smooth musical phrasing so wonderful it can slow one’s heartbeat down.
Pinchgut’s new short film series, Seconda Prattica: the birth of opera, showcases a selection of musical pieces from the first half of the 17th century.
The term 'seconda prattica' was used in Italy at the time to distinguish the renaissance polyphonic style (prima prattica) from the baroque style which followed. Seconda prattica was considered to be a new way of writing vocal music and was the language of opera, then in its infancy.