The Secrets of Da Vinci [Barnes & Noble Exclusive]

The Secrets of Da Vinci [Barnes & Noble Exclusive]

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Overview

Just like the gripping sequence of puzzles in Dan Brown's mega-selling The Da Vinci Code, music can be a repository for hidden meanings, occult symbols, and encoded messages. And even if there's no sinister conspiracy protecting the ancient mysteries of Bach and Mozart, deciphering these secrets can be every bit as fascinating as the quest at the heart of Brown's book. This Barnes & Noble exclusive CD, called The Secrets of Da Vinci, does the detective work for you, offering an array of mystically inclined classical music from across the centuries, drawn from the almost infinite supply of works that are associated with spirituality and mathematics. If Guillaume Dufay's Renaissance motet Flower of Flowers pays tribute to the Virgin Mary, a "Mystery" Sonata like Heinrich Biber's Crowning of the Blessed Virgin Mary literally encodes a religious story in its tones, while the fugues of J. S. Bach are rooted more abstractly in number and proportion. Mozart's association with the Freemasons forms the background for his opera The Magic Flute, while Debussy's interest in religious symbolism takes sumptuous form in his Martyrdom of St. Sebastian, and Wagner created his own kind of ritualized theater in Parsifal, to name just a few of the featured highlights. Of course, there's no need to delve into cryptography to enjoy this music; its universality is just as potent as any buried riddles, and these top-shelf performances by artists like Wilhelm Kempff, Sir Neville Marriner, and Charles Dutoit are sure to delight puzzle solvers and music lovers alike.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/18/2006
Label: Barnes Noble Consign
UPC: 0028947696063
catalogNumber: 76960

Tracks

  1. En mai, quant rosier sont flouri, motet for 3 voices (doubtful)
  2. Flos florum, cantilena motet for 3 voices
  3. Mystery Sonata, for violin & continuo No. 15 in C major ("The Coronation"), C. 104: Sonata - Aria - Canzone - Sarabande (Sonata XV) Th
  4. Miserere mei Deus (Psalm 51), motet for chorus
  5. The Well-Tempered Clavier (24), collection of preludes & fugues, Book I, BWV 846-869 (BC L80-103): Prelude No. 1 in C major
  6. The Well-Tempered Clavier (24), collection of preludes & fugues, Book I, BWV 846-869 (BC L80-103): Fugue No. 1 in C major
  7. The Well-Tempered Clavier (24), collection of preludes & fugues, Book I, BWV 846-869 (BC L80-103): Prelude No. 2 in C minor
  8. The Well-Tempered Clavier (24), collection of preludes & fugues, Book I, BWV 846-869 (BC L80-103): Fugue No. 2 in C minor
  9. Die Kunst der Fuge (The Art of the Fugue), for keyboard (or other instruments), BWV 1080: Fuga a 3 soggetti
  10. Zerfliesset heut', geliebte Brüder, song for voice, male chorus & piano, K. 483: "Zerfliesset heut', geliebte Brüder" (Masonic Song
  11. Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), opera, K. 620: Overture to magic Flute
  12. Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), opera, K. 620: "O Isis und Osiris"
  13. The Sleeping Beauty, suite for orchestra, Op. 66a: Pas d'action (Rose Adagio)
  14. Pavane, for orchestra & chorus ad lib in F sharp minor, Op. 50
  15. Trittico botticelliano (Three Botticelli Pictures) for orchestra, P. 151: La Nascita di Venere (The Birth of Venus)
  16. Le martyre de Saint Sébastien, incidental music for soloists, chorus & orchestra, L. 124: La Cour des lys
  17. Parsifal, opera, WWV 111: Act 3. Good Friday Spell

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