Galilei: Lute Music

Galilei: Fronimo
Dialogo sopra l'Arte del bene intavolare et rettamente sonare la Musica
Andrea Damiani
Stradivarius 33482

Contents:

  1. Calliope
  2. Ricercare del primo tuono per b quadro
  3. Ricercare a quattro voci di B. M.
  4. Ricercare del secondo tuono per b quadro
  5. Passemezzo sesto
  6. Romanesca sesta
  7. Saltarello sesto
  8. Polimnia
  9. Ricercare del settimo tuono per b
  10. A caso un giorno di Wert a 5 voci
  11. Dianira
  12. Ricercare del nono tuono per b
  13. Vestiva i colli a cinque di Palestrina
  14. Così le chiome mie, seconda parte
  15. Clio
  16. Se ben non veggion gli occhi (Palestrina) a 5 voci
  17. Tanto co' lieti suoni, Merulo a 5 voci
  18. Che y vaghi suoni, seconda parte, a 5 voci
  19. Fiordiligi
  20. Io son ferito ahi lasso, a 5 di Palestrina
  21. Ultimi miei sospiri, a 6 di Verdelot
  22. Moravia
  23. Fantasia seconda, sopra Anchor che col partire
  24. Aretusa I
  25. Io mi son giovinetta, a 4 del Domenico Ferrabosco
  26. Aretusa II

Instrument: Lute by Michael Lowe (Oxford, 1990) after M. Tieffenbrucker, 16th century

Playing time: 69'

Recording date: October 1997 (Torino)

Vincenzo Galilei (c.1530-1591) was one of the most innovative & important theoreticians of 16th century Italy, as well as a composer of some interest. Much of his music is for the lute and perhaps his most valuable theory text, the Fronimo on the present CD title, concerns the lute. It is the most important lute treatise of 16th century Italy. He was also, of course, the father of the epoch-making Galileo Galilei.

Galilei's theory and style were very contrapuntally oriented, and involved more rigor and less showmanship than comparable lute manuals of the time. He was also involved with the Florentine Camerata and their inquiries into ancient Greek music, some of which was reflected in his later theory, as well as in some of the titles of the lute music for the present program.

Another recording:

Galilei: Works for lute
Massimo Lonardi / Ugo Nastrucci
Agorá Musica 137

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