John Speller's Web Pages Trajetta, The day of rest

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Trajetta, The Day of Rest: A Cantata
Philip Trajetta (1777-1854) was born as Filippo Traetta, son of famous opera composer Tomaso Traetta, in Venice. Phil's father died when he was three years old, and he sent by his mother to the Jesuits, who gave him a musical education. He was a soldier in the rebellion against King Ferdinand IV of Naples in 1799, and was captured and imprisoned, but managed to escape to America on a forged German passport. After various positions in Boston, New York and South Carolina, he settled in Philadelphia in the 1820s. His Cantata, The Day of Rest was published in 1845.

The Cantata comprises the following movements, which may be downloaded by clicking the links:

1. Overture

2. The God of Abraham Praise

3. Hark the Herald Angels Sing

4. Shout the Glad Tidings

5. Trajetta, Rise my Soul, and Stretch thy Wings

6. When through the Torn Sail

7. Awake ye Saints
Philip Trajetta's Cantata, Day of Rest was published in Philadelphia in 1845. Image courtesy of the Library of Congress
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