Johann Valentin RATHGEBER
Stultorum plena sunt omnia [1:46]
Von der Erschaffung Adam und Eva [3:45]
Modicum, ein wenig [3:07]
Quodlibeticum: Von einem Politico [2:55]
Von der Solmisation in der Musik [9:47]
Von der edlen Musik [3:59]
Der Liebhaber des Gelds, des Weins, des Frauenzimmers [6:30]
Von dem gedultigen Job und seinem bsen Weib [3:06]
Von allerhand Nasen [3:43]
Vom Rauch- und Schnupf-Tabak [8:09]
Quodlibeticum: Die Bettelzech
Rec: October 1994.
ANTES EDITION BM-CD 31.9033
Johann Valentin Rathgeber was ordained as a priest in 1711, after first having
worked as a schoolteacher and later a valet. In 1729, he left the Benedictine
monastery without permission, and travelled throughout Germany. During this
two-year period, he wrote his first compositions.
The term for these works, Tafelconfekt, could be translated as "Mealtime
Confectionery" - this is music designed to accompany meals (or table music),
short songs for 1, 2, 3 or 4 voices, accompanied by harpsichord or cello.
These secular songs deal with the most mundane subjects: an argument between
devotees of snuff and those of tobacco; three-part debates about wine, women
and song; drinking songs; political discussions, etc.
This "light" music is similar in tone to Bach's secular cantatas - think
of the Coffee Cantata, or the Peasant Cantata - and is cheery and unassuming.
The songs have a certain dramatic tone to them, not like an opera, but with
a similar quality of telling a story. These pieces are often simple melodies,
sometimes based on popular songs of the time.
The musicians clearly enjoyed themselves when recording this disc. Their
joy comes through, and their voices are warm and flexible. While not great
singers, they are honest and fit the music perfectly. This is an attractive
programme of music by a little-known composer. One regret is that the lyrics
are only in German in the liner notes - those of us who do not read German
can have no idea what they are singing about.
An attractive recording of some little-known "light" vocal music, designed
to delight the mind and provide entertainment in a secular setting.
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