Monteverdi’s “Orfeo” and the “Beginning of Italian Opera”

MonteverdiThis is a part of the first episode, entitled “Beginnings”, of BBC’s three-episode series “Opera Italia”. This series is presented by Antonio Pappano, conductor and music director at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. This excerpt refers to Claudio Monteverdi’s favola in musica. (mais…)

Giovanni P. da Palestrina • Missa ” Hodie Christus natus est”

PalestrinaGiovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina’s Missa Hodie Christus natus est is an imitation mass based on the double-choir motet with the same name. Here Palestrina uses almost the same devices he used on the motet (cf. post on Hodie Christus natus est). This mass appears in a book of masses for eight voices printed posthumously in Venice in 1601. (mais…)

Sermisy/Fuenllana • Tant que vivray

The chanson Tant que vivray, first published in Pierre Attaignant’s first collection of Chansons Nouvelles (1528) is in some ways a perfect example of Claudin de Sermisy’s (c.1490-1562) so-called Parisian style. He actively sought the best and most refined of current French poetry to set; in this case, as in over 20 others, he chose verses by the estimable court poet Clément Marot (1496-1544). (mais…)

Of Mathieu Gascongne’s Missa “Mijn herte”

cascogne kyrieLast year, as an exercise for one of my master seminars, we did a transcription of the Kyrie from Mathieu Gascongne’s Missa “Mijn herte”, an imitation mass on Pierre de La Rue’s chanson. I really enjoyed the exercise: the source used was the beautiful Occo Codex. At the time I though “well this is a wonderful work, it should be recorded”. Well, it did, although at that time I didn’t know of any recordings. (mais…)