Love lyrics and romances of Renaissance Spain

This is the first recording by early music group La Romanesca.

Iberian Triangle

La Romanesca presents a portrait of the musical diversity of Spanish song in the period immediately preceding both the great expulsion and Columbus' great voyages. Music of christian, moorish, jewish Spain before 1492.

Imagine Spain's most glorious, powerful and corrupt era! La Romanesca has constructed a portrait of the musical diversity of Spanish song before 1492, that is, the great expulsion and Columbus' great voyages. A highly evocative and historically enlightening collection of Sephardic songs, the 13th century 'Cantigas de Santa Maria', Jarchas and music from the Christian courts of the 15th and 16th Century.

Via Frescobaldi

17th century Italian composer Girolamo Frescobaldi was conservative in style and yet an innovator in many ways. La Romanesca presents some of his improvisatory toccatas, imitative polyphonic instrumental music, and songs from his 'arie musicale' of 1630.

There is much instrumental diversity to be found here: countertenor, organ, harpsichord, recorders and viola da gamba are all heard in various combinations. La Romanesca's recording presents Frescobaldi's music according to the diversity of his virtually interchangeable canonzas; interchangeable since the titles under which they were published do little more than specify that they were suited for ogni sort di stromenti. It also includes a selection of the composer's lesser known solo vocal music.

Monodies

Music from 12th and 13th century Spain. Features songs by Martin Codax, Marcabru and other unknown composers.

The major work is 'Siete Cantigas de Amigo ' by Martin Codax, these seven songs set in Vigo on the west coast of Spain tell of a woman waiting for her lover beside the sea. The disc also features four instrumental and vocal pieces by Marcabru and unknown composers.

Two Gentlemen of Verona - The Music of the 14th Century Vol. 1

Two Gentlemen of Verona is an anthology of recordings of the secular music of medieval France and Italy. This volume contains works by Jacopo da Bologna and Giovanni da Firenze.

The Music of the 14th Century Vol. 1.

Jacopo da Bologna and Giovanni da Firenze are the most prolific representatives of the first known generation of Italian polyphonic composition. These works were written under the patronage of the della Scala family in Verona and the Visconti family in Milan, and exemplify the "sweetness and intricacy" of their melodies.

Every Delight and Fair Pleasure - The Music of the 14th Century Vol. 2

Music from northern Italy written between the second decade of the 14th century and the early years of the 15th century. Contains anonymous works from the Rossi manuscript and songs by Maestro Piero and Bartolino da Padova.

The Music of the 14th Century Vol. 2.

Includes The Rossi Manuscript, a collection of early treccento songs; a selection of madrigals by Maestro Piero and madrigals and ballatas by Bartolino da Padova. This fascinating disc includes notes on the composers, the works, the context of the music, compositional techniques, translations and stylistic analyses of each piece.

I am Music - The Music of the 14th Century Vol. 3

The Music of the Fourteenth Century Series presents some of the earliest and most significant polyphonic settings of the lyric poetry of the late middle ages. Songs by Landini performed by The Ensemble of the Fourteenth Century.

Music of the 14th Century Vol. 3

A team of musicologists, literary scholars and performers from Melbourne University and La Trobe University and the Australian Research Council, under the direction of John Stinson and John Griffiths, have collaborated to research and interpret works by principal composers and from the central collections of the fourteenth century. The musical sources of France and Italy in the age of Machaut, Petrarch and Boccaccio include some 1500 works, most of which have never been available on recordings.

A Florentine Annunciation - The Music of the 14th Century Vol. 4

Performer: Director

The Music of the Fourteenth Century Series presents some of the earliest and most significant polyphonic settings of the lyric poetry of the late middle ages. Music for the Feast of the Annunciation performed by Les Six.

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