A piece of recently rediscovered music by Antonio Lotti (1667–1740) is to be performed for the first time in three centuries. The Piedmont Baroque Consortium, from Charlotte, North Carolina, will record Gloria in C No. 1 for the first time in history in January 2014.
David Tang, Piedmont Baroque Consortium’s conductor, said of the music’s disappearance: ‘While it may seem surprising, even unlikely that such good music could have been lost for so long, it was not uncommon for great compositions of the past to fall out of favour and into near extinction until being rediscovered and revived – years, decades and even centuries later.’
Tang describes Gloria in C No. 1 as ‘a baroque gem for chorus and orchestra – beautiful, original and engaging’, saying that the group was ‘eager to share this wonderful music with the world for the first time in centuries’.
British musicologist Ben Byram-Wigfield edited and published the version of Gloria in C No. 1 that the consortium will be recording through his enterprise Ancient Groove Music: the organisation researches, catalogues and produces modern, performable editions of music by composers from the sixteenth through the eighteenth centuries. Byram-Wigfield says, ‘Lotti’s music had a great influence on his contemporaries, Handel and Bach. Manuscripts of Lotti’s music survive in Handel’s hand and a growing catalogue of “borrowing” from Lotti has been identified in Handel’s work.’
Tang says: ‘Ancient Groove Music’s efforts to publish Lotti’s entire oeuvre will present exciting, new opportunities to ensembles of all kinds, as well as shed new light on the composer’s significance in music history.’
The modern-day premiere of Gloria in C No. 1 will take place on 17 January in North Carolina. The recording is due to be released by mid-2014.