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Like "Big Bang"? Try it Renaissance style :)

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    "Amor Vittorioso" was written in 1591 as part of a musical Commedia dell'arte.

    What could that have to do with half hour TV comedies?

    Well, I'll tell you.

    Did you know that Renaissance Madrigals helped birth Opera and Operettas? Yeah, I didn't either and it explains a lot.

    Drama, it's all about the drama

    All those Fa la la la las and other nonsense words flying out of singers mouths at 80 miles an hour. And the songs are about lovers and lovemaking and cheating and unrequited... you get the idea - Hmmmm.

    Did you know...

    Madrigals were the Pop music of the 1500's. Lots of Sex and sinning, corruption and drink, gluttony, war and... SMOKING too! Here's a cool old video from The King's singers that helps explain the smoking connection...

    But I digress...

    Big Bang - modern comedy -- connection

    Commedia Dell'arte characters = Big Bang characters!


    Brighella = Howard
    Arlequino or Harlequin = Sheldon (Arlequino was often the central character ) 
    Penny, Howard and Sheldon, Commedia style

    So,  Amor Vittorioso by Giovanni Gastoldi, basically cheers Leonard for finally marrying Penny!

    Ta Da - we learn something every day.

    Here is our live concert video Of "Love Victorious" on our YouTube channel.

    Audio: Tom Barnes.  Recorded at St. Barnabas Church, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, June 5th, 2016.
    Videographers: Luc Nugent, Kolin Casagrande
    Editing: Pierre Massie
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    Did you know --
    Amor Vittorioso is on our “Audite nova” Renaissance Madrigals CD! A registered Canadian charity, we also help local charities with our concert, CD and cookbook sales.


    About The Stairwell Carollers:

    Pierre Massie started our a cappella choir in 1977 while a music student at Ottawa University. The Stairwell Carollers are ranked with the best of Ontario choirs, winning both the 2010 and 2013 Ontario Music Festival Association competitions. 

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