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Johann Christoph Pez

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    Pez : Concerto Pastorale in F major for 2 Recorders, 2 Violins and Viola : V Minuet - Il Giardino Armonico
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    Pez : Concerto Pastorale in F major for 2 Recorders, 2 Violins and Viola : I Pastorale - Il Giardino Armonico
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    Pez : Concerto Pastorale in F major for 2 Recorders, 2 Violins and Viola : II Aria - Presto - Il Giardino Armonico
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    Pez : Concerto Pastorale in F major for 2 Recorders, 2 Violins & Viola : IV Aria - Pastorale - Il Giardino Armonico
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    Pez : Concerto Pastorale in F major for 2 Recorders, 2 Violins and Viola : VII Aria - Il Giardino Armonico
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As an Italian tenor Pez sang in the choir at St. Marks in Munich where he also attended school. He later played the lute and the viol in the orchestra at St.
Peter's, Munich, singing in the choir and becoming maestro in 1687. During the course of his career Pez also served the Elector Max Emanuel in Munich, Joseph Clemens in Bonn and the Wurttemberg Court from 1706 until his death. He acceded to the position of Kapellmeister in both Bonn and Wurttemberg. While in Munich he had been serving the church but found the music to be too conservative. Receiving a job in the court he was sent to Rome where he was able to study with Corelli and learn new methods. Corelli's influence is contained in the compositions of Pez. The vocal compositions were characterized by homophony in a variety of moods and rhythms. Instrumental parts, particularly the strings, often doubled the voices with the exception of bass solos that were accompanied by strings. Pez also composed masses and psalms for which he rarely employed ornamentation. The only noted instance of Pez's strong melodic gifts are heard in the strains of the solo cantata, "Corona stellarum." ~ Keith Johnson

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