Personalities | Simon Mayr | Early Romantic | Classical

(Se’-mon Mi’-er) 1763–1845
German composer

Mayr grew up in Bavaria and taught himself to play most string and wind instruments, before moving to Venice, where he studied composition with Ferdinando Bertoni. Mayr composed numerous operas, many for La Scala, Milan. Although his works exhibit diverse stylistic elements, his melodic and harmonic expression was rooted in late Neapolitan operatic style. His melodies may be rather foursquare, but his use of the orchestra is highly imaginative, and his enduring legacy is his construction of broad dramatic sequences for his main characters, as in his finest operas, Medea and La rosa. He also composed over 600 sacred works, mostly unpublished.

Recommended Recording:
Medea in Corinto, soloists, Philharmonia (dir) David Parry (Opera Rara)

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