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Longing in absence, oblivion in presence
Tess Knighton presents the concert "Passions of the Soul: Love"
The essence of love lies in unity. The absence of the beloved is a torment of longing and doubts, while their presence leads to self-denial, characteristic of overwhelming happiness. In order to communicate this tension between passion and rapture, the composers of the seventeenth century resorted to the basso ostinato: the repetition of a short harmonic sequence, while the melody changes constantly, leads to amorous ecstasy.
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