50 Songs, 4 Hours, 56 Minutes

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2:43
7:48
4:14
3:02
7:53
1:48
5:33
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3:01
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2:12
7:02
4:31
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3:58
7:04
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3:54
4:14
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11:25
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2:17
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2:48
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3:54
8:22
2:27
3:54
8:54
9:29
2:49
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8:40
6:44

About Alessandro Marcello

Music was not the livelihood for this Venetian composer. He learned the violin from his father and made his home the center of weekly musical concerts. During these concerts his own compositions were performed and frequent visitors included Gasparini, Lotti and later Tartini. Marcello did not publish many works but his "Oboe Concerto in D-mol" was his best known composition probably because it was transcribed by J.S. Bach for the keyboard. The genres of his published compositions included twelve cantatas, a set of concertos and a set of violin sonatas. The compositions themselves demonstrate that Marcello was an artisan with fine musical abilities but he would stretch the limits of modulations and harmonic progressions beyond the conventions of the time. Categorically his compositions, particularly the concertos, were enigmatic because of the unusual instrumentation that he employed. His scales were succinct and accurate with returns to traditional counterpoint. ~ Keith Johnson

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