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DAL VAGO E BEL SERENO - Courtly and popular music in the age of Galileo

La Rossignol


ERICA SCHERL, early violin; 
MATTEO PAGLIARI, recorders, transversal flute, rauschpfeifen, bagpipe;
FRANCESCO ZUVADELLI, positive organ (or clavicembalo), hurdy gurdy;
DOMENICO BARONIO, lute, Renaissance guitar


Programma
Dal vago e bel sereno (Sinfonia) - Cristofano Malvezzi, La Pellegrina, 1589  
Rececercada segunda e septima  - Diego Ortiz, Tratado de glosas, 1553 
Pavana e gagliarda - Claude Gervaise, Troisième livre de dancerie, 1556
Moresca detta la Bergamasca - G. Cesare Barbetta, Il primo libro, 1585
Mignon, allons voir sin la rose - Guillaume Costeley, Chansons polyphonique, 1570
Saltarello - Vincenzio Galilei, Il fronimo, 1584
Suite di branles - Thoinot Arbeau, Orchésographie , 1589
Alta Carretta e sua Sciolta - Livio Lupi, Libro di gagliarde, 1607
Sonata Sopra l'Aria di Ruggiero - Salamon Rossi,  Il terzo libro de' varie sonate, 1613
Sonata terza  - G. Battista Fontana (1571-1630), Sonate, 1641
La Soranza  - Biagio Marini, “Affetti Musicali”, Venezia, 1617
Suave Melodia  - Andrea Falconiero, Il primo libro, Sec. XVII 
La Tarantela - Floriano Pico, Nuova scelta di sonate, 1608
Sonata prima a doi soprani - Dario Castello, Sonate concertate, 1627
Spagnoletta, Ardente sole
e  Chiara Stella  - Fabritio Caroso, Il ballarino, 1600
Almande, due gavotte - Pierre Phalèse Liber Primus Leviorum, 1571

Galileo Galilei, “...uomo dotato da natura d'uno ingegno perspicacissimo e d'una curiosità straordinaria…”, gave an important push to the evolution of music in his age. His father was Vincenzio, lutist, theorist, mathematician and one of the leading representative of the Florentine Camerata: he gave an high contribution to the understandig of acoustic phenomena and, in addition, he put on the same level vocal and instrumental music, affirming that, in the artistic performance, only the emotions passed down to the audience are important: “Non ammireremmo noi un musico, il quale cantando e rappresentandoci le querele e le passioni d'un amante ci muovesse a compassionarlo, molto più che se piangendo ciò facesse? E molto più lo ammireremmo, se tacendo, col solo strumento, con crudezze et accenti patetici musicali, ciò facesse...”. His time is a period when music lives a revolutionary epoch: the “recitar cantando” and melodramma appear for the first time, fundamental books on the art of dancing are printed, instrumental music gains a new dignity. Italian talent reaches its highest expression, closing an epoch and opening another one. The programme proposes a rigourous but very pleasant and effective journey in the vocal and instrumental music of that age, trying to pass essential pieces of information on the history of Galileo and on his sensitivity.

 



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