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J. Lee Graham

Marcolini: Overture to "La dicha en la disgracia y la vida campestre"

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I think I'll just leave this right here...  

Very little is known of Juan Marcolini (b. 1730s, fl. 1760-70), the composer of this little gem - an overture to a zarzuela from around 1760 - and more is the pity for it.  Ostensibly he was Spanish, but with a surname like Marcolini, I'd be willing to bet he or one of his ancestors was Italian.    

The title, "La dicha en la disgracia y la vida campestre," translates roughly "Bliss in disgrace and counry life" - which only whets my appetite for more.  

I learnt a thing or two listening to this piece, to say nothing of marveling at its quality, and just enjoying it.  Hope y'all will get a kick out it. Here it is in a particularly tasty performance by Concerto Koln.  

   

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