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Florid Early Baroque Songs And Polyphony

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Florid Early Baroque Songs And Polyphony
Florid Early Baroque Songs And Polyphony


The most beautiful polyphonic canzoni, chansons, motets and madrigals, were used like todays pop standards in the 16th century; musicians would improvise on them, tailoring their playing and imagination to each other. The colourful and varied selection of works on this recording is made up of different combinations of voices and instruments. A special aspect, a kind of renaissance violin band stands at the centre of this project: ensembles of violins were generally used to accompany certain moments in the Mass, at banquets, receptions, princely entertainments, entries into cities and palaces, diplomatic negotiations and sacred and secular processions as well as the long hours of dancing that followed the evening meal. This all took place in northern Italy from the 1530s onwards, until the 1580s and 1590s announced the arrival of the new baroque style. The word Sonadori, the name of the ensemble, is Venetian in origin; the Scuole Grandi or confraternities there employed full-time ensembles of singers and musicians. The confraternity of San Rocco was the first to replace the older instruments such as the fiddle, harp and lute with sonadori nuovi new players of the violin in 1531.


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  2. Palestrina : Pulchra es amica mea
  3. Diego Ortiz/ Jacques Arcadelt: O felici occhi miei
  4. Palestrina : Deh or fossio
  5. Orlando di Lasso/Giovanni Bassano : Susanna un giur
  6. Cipriano de Rore/Giovanni Bassano: Ancor che col partire
  7. Pierre Certon : Reviens vers moy
  8. Palestrina : Vestiva i colli
  9. Adrian Willaert: O salutaris hostia
  10. Palestrina/Giovanni Bassano: Vestiva i colli
  11. Francesco de Layolle/Giovanni Camillo Maffei: Lasciar il velo
  12. Thomas Crecquillon: Petite camusette
  13. G. C. Gabucci/G.B. Bovicelli: Magnificat del secondo tono
  14. Adam Jarzebski: Cantate Domino
  15. Giovanni Paolo Cima: Sonata à 4
  16. Giulio Caccini : Sfogava con le stelle
  17. Girolamo Frescobaldi: Canzon quintadecima, detta la Lievoratta
  18. Claude Le Jeune: Susanne un jour
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