Canzoni e Danze

Canzoni e Danze
Wind Music from Renaissance Italy
Piffaro - The Renaissance Band
Archiv 445 883

Contents:

  1. Bagpipes & guitar
    1. Dalza: Piva
  2. Shawms & sackbuts
    1. Isaac: Palle, palle
    2. Isaac: Ne più bella di queste
    3. Isaac: La mi la sol
  3. Recorders
    1. Bendusi: Pass'e mezo ditto il Romano
    2. Bendusi: Bandera
  4. Flutes, harp, lute
    1. Mainerio: La Parma

    2. Bagpipes
    3. Rossino Mantovano: Un sonar de piva
  5. Shawms & sackbuts
    1. Festa: Regem archangelorum
    2. Anon: Alma, che scarca
  6. Crumhorns, cittern, percussion
    1. Azzaiolo: Aldì, dolce ben mio
    2. Azzaiolo: Bona via faccia barca
    3. Azzaiolo: Gentil madonna
  7. Recorders
    1. Arcadelt: Donna, quando pietosa
    2. Ruffo: El travagliato
    3. Ruffo: La gamba in basso e soprano
    4. Vecchi: Amor è foco e ghiaccio
  8. Hurdy gurdy, crumhorns, recorders, string drum
    1. Mainerio: Putta mera ballo furlano
  9. Shawms, sackbuts & dulcian
    1. L. Agostini: All'arm', all'arm'
    2. Ferretti: Com'al primo apparir
    3. Gussago: Sonata La facco
  10. Recorders
    1. Bonelli: Canzona Istrina
    2. Gussago: Sonata La fontana
    3. Bonelli: Canzona Licori
  11. A suite of dances
    1. Anon: La morte de la ragione
      Anon: La traditora
    2. Anon: Bel fiore
    3. Anon: La rocha el fuso
      Anon: El desperato
      Anon: La lavandara

Performers: Joan Kimball, Robert Wiemken (winds, direction); Eric Anderson, Adam Gilbert, Gwyn Roberts, Tom Zajac (winds, etc.); Grant Herreid (guitar, cittern, lute)

Playing time: 63'

Recording date: June & July 1994

Italian dances are less codified than those of France, but no less numerous. In fact, many of the European dances of the period developed in Italy. The present collection emphasizes wind arrangements, which would be one of many ways to perform this material. Composers represented include Isaac, Mainerio, Festa, Arcadelt, Ruffo, and Vecchi.

Some other collections which include similar material, often for other instrumental combinations:

Schiarazula Marazula
Danzas italianas del Renacimiento
Musica Antiqua - Christian Mendoze
Cantus 9605
The Cradle of the Renaissance
Italian music from the time of Leonardo da Vinci
Sirinu
Hyperion 66814
La Rovattina
Canzoni e danze nelle corti europee del Rinascimento e del primo Barocco
Accademia del Ricercare - Pietro Busca
Stradivarius Dulcimer 33380
Canzonetta
16c. canzoni & instrumental dances
The King's Noyse - David Douglass
Harmonia Mundi USA 907127
Celeste Giglio
Flowers of 16th Century Italian Dance Music
Lacrimae Ensemble
Erasmus 186
Gentil Madonna
London Pro Musica - Bernard Thomas
IMP / Carlton Classics 6600862

A recording representing the earlier Italian dance repertory:

Alta Danza
Dance Music from 15th-century Italy
Ensemble Les Haulz et Les Bas / Véronique Daniels
Christophorus 77208

Beyond the dance forms, instrumental arrangements of madrigals and other songs also popped up. A fine survey on viols:

Io canterei d'amor
Chansons e Madrigali da sonare
Labyrinto Concerto di viole - Paolo Pandolfo
Harmonia Mundi (Schola Cantorum Basiliensis Documenta) 905234

Finally, the next recordings by the present ensemble:

Chansons et Danceries
Renaissance Wind Music
Piffaro Renaissance Band - Joan Kimball & Robert Wiemken
Archiv 447 107
Los Ministriles
Spanish Renaissance Wind Music
Piffaro Renaissance Band - Joan Kimball & Robert Wiemken
Archiv 453 441
A Flemish Feast
Flemish Renaissance Wind Music
Piffaro Renaissance Band - Joan Kimball & Robert Wiemken
Archiv 457 609
Kyle Smith: Vespers
Piffaro, The Renaissance Band
Navona Records 5809
Waytes - English Music for a Renaissance Band
Piffaro, The Renaissance Band
Navona Records 5823
Los Ministriles in the New World
Piffaro, The Renaissance Band
Navona Records 5875
Stadtpfeiffer
Music of Renaissance Germany
Piffaro
Dorian 90292
Music from the Odhecaton
Piffaro
Dorian 90301
Trionfo d'Amore e della Morte
Florentine Music for a Medici Procession
Piffaro / Concord Ensemble
Dorian 90312
Jean de Castro: Polyphony in a European Perspective
Capilla Flamenca / More Maiorum / Piffaro / Trigon-Project / Wim Diepenhorst - Bart Demuyt
Passacaille 931
Obrecht: Chansons / Songs / Motets
Capilla Flamenca - Dirk Snellings / Piffaro - Joan Kimball & Robert Wiemken
Eufoda 1361

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Todd M. McComb