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Sinfonia from the opera Il Diocletiano
The short but eloquent sinfonia by Carlo Pallavacino reminds us that many early concerted instrumental works were originally introductions to vocal music; the sources that preserve them detached from their parent works represent the first stage of a process that was to establish the concerto and the symphony as genres in their own right. Il Diocletiano was the first of Pallavacino’s many Venetian operas, written shortly after a period spent working at the Dresden court as Heinrich Schütz’s assistant.

from notes by Peter Holman © 1988

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