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Mario Paci

A series of events will be held on January 23, 2017 to commemorate the opening of the new exhibit at the East Asia Library, "Mario Paci: An Italian Maestro in China."  Two public lectures will be offered from 12:00 - 1:30 PM at the East Asia Library, followed by a recital at 4:00 PM at Toyon Hall, featuring performances of several of Mario Paci's compositions.  The East Asia Library will host an opening reception for the exhibit from 5:00 - 6:00 PM.

Mario Paci

January 23, 2017 - April 22, 2017

Located in the entrance hall of the East Asian Library, "Mario Paci: An Italian Maestro in China" features an exhibition of of selected materials from the Mario Paci Papers, a collection of documents, photographs, and musical scores donated to Stanford University Libraries in 2013 by Floria and Alexander Zaharoff, Paci's daughter and grandson, with the assistance of Stanford professor Jindong Cai.  This important collection of documents is held in Stanford University Libraries Special Collections, and has recently been digitized.     

The autograph from the 17th century manuscript of Purcell’s Te Deum & Jubilate for Voices and Instruments Made for St. Cecilia’s Day 1694. “Fini, Mr. Henry Purcell.”

Henry Purcell. Te Deum & Jubilate for Voices and Instruments made for St. Cecilia’s Day 1694

Memorial Library of Music, MLM 850

Guest blogger: Michael Evans Kinney

While not much is known about the early St. Cecilia’s Day celebrations circa 1683, England’s premier composer, Henry Purcell (1659-1695), wrote many pieces for the festivities. In 1694, he wrote one such piece, titled Te Deum & Jubilate for Voices and Instruments made for St. Cecilia’s Day 1694. The landmark work sets an English translation of the St. Ambrose Hymn and revolutionized church music with its scoring for violins, viola, basso continuo, and two trumpets, with soloists and choir.