Episode Air Date: April 12, 2016
Artist: Ralph Crane and his Orchestra
Recording Title: Euridice - funeste Piaggie
You’re on the Sound Beat, listening to Act 2, Scene 4 of Euridice, based on the story of Orpheus and Euridice, from Ovid’s “Metamorphoses”. It is one of the first operas. Period. The genre’s origins came about as a result of the Florentine Camerata, an organization of Florence’s finest musicians, thinkers, etc, that met at Count Giovanni de Bardi’s salon. This was the work of Jacopo Peri (Ya-copo Pair- ee). first performed on October 6th 1600 in Florence. Peri himself played the role of Orpheus. Except they would have called it Or-feo. And they wouldn’t have said (English version) Eurydice.