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Composer: Zerafa, Benigno (1726-1804)

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Year of birth1726
Year of death1804
NationalityMalta
PeriodClassical
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Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment pays a tribute to Maltese Baroque music in Valletta

The OAE in St John's Co-Cathedral, Valletta  ©  Mario Mintoff
The main course of the sumptuous feast, under the title of the Valletta International Baroque Festival, arrived on 17 January. The fare was an international favourite with a Maltese surprise.The concert, the eighth in the series, was given by the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in the magnificent setting of the ornate St John’s Co-Cathedral.
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Valletta International Baroque Festival: Jeune Orchestre Atlantique revives Maltese music

Claudia Tabone and Clare Ghigo with Jeune Orchestre Atlantique on stage at Teatru Manoel  ©  Valletta International Baroque Festival / Mario Mintoff
If we consider the word “festival” and its synonym “feast”, the Valletta International Baroque Festival, which started on 9 January and continues to 26 January, has proven to be a sumptuous feast, nay, a veritable banquet.The festival has brought Baroque music to a Baroque city. It is the city’s first, hopefully not the last, festival of music of the Baroque period.
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