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Frescobaldi: Fiori Musicali
     

Frescobaldi: Fiori Musicali

by Calvert Johnson
 
Frescobaldi's "Fiori Musicali," or musical flowers, was a publication from the end of his life that offered a sampling of what would have been required of the composer as a working church musician. As such, it provides for the general listener a more pleasing introduction to Frescobaldi's rather difficult idiom that do the undifferentiated

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Frescobaldi's "Fiori Musicali," or musical flowers, was a publication from the end of his life that offered a sampling of what would have been required of the composer as a working church musician. As such, it provides for the general listener a more pleasing introduction to Frescobaldi's rather difficult idiom that do the undifferentiated collections of toccatas and ricercars with which the composer is usually represented on recordings. Presented here are four sets of the organ music associated with the celebration of a Mass. These included not only quasi-improvisatory pieces of various moods associated with various junctures of the service, but also a set of versets, or instrumental replacements for short text verses, used for the Kyrie of the mass, the rest of which would have been sung. Not only the moods are varied; the listener this way gets the full range of Frescobaldi's attitudes toward the unusually agitated relationship between tradition and innovation in the early seventeenth century, a range that, albeit within a more restricted context, is as broad as Monteverdi's. The Kyries, which are based in various ways on the fragments of chant that precede them (the chant segments are, commendably, actually sung on the disc) represent the most conservative layer, rooted in the devices of Franco-Flemish polyphony. The lighter canzonas and especially the ricercars, which show a harmonic virtuosity that anticipates Bach, represent the other end of the spectrum. The end result is a Frescobaldi program that enables listeners to place themselves in a space resembling that for which the music was intended. Another benefit is the 1676 organ played by American organist Calvert Johnson: located at the Chiesa di Santa Lucia in tiny Serra San Quirico and recently restored, it has a collection of voices that, once you retune your ears to the mean-tone temperament used, adds rich new colors to the music. An especially good choice for classroom illustrations of early organ music and of interest to general listeners for whom Frescobaldi has been not much more than a name.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/09/2008
Label:
Raven Records
UPC:
0034069690629
catalogNumber:
906
Rank:
153832

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Tracks

  1. Fiori Musicali de diverse compositioni..., 47 pieces for 4 parts: Messa della Domenica: Tocata Auanti la Messa Della
  2. Fiori Musicali de diverse compositioni..., 47 pieces for 4 parts: Messa della Domenica: Kyrie Della Domenica
  3. Fiori Musicali de diverse compositioni..., 47 pieces for 4 parts: Messa della Domenica: Canzon Dopo la Pistola
  4. Fiori Musicali de diverse compositioni..., 47 pieces for 4 parts: Messa della Domenica: Recercar Dopo il Credo
  5. Fiori Musicali de diverse compositioni..., 47 pieces for 4 parts: Messa della Domenica: Tocata Chromaticha per le le
  6. Fiori Musicali de diverse compositioni..., 47 pieces for 4 parts: Messa della Domenica: Canzon post il Comune
  7. Fiori Musicali de diverse compositioni..., 47 pieces for 4 parts: Messa della Madonna: Tocata Auanti la Messa Della
  8. Fiori Musicali de diverse compositioni..., 47 pieces for 4 parts: Messa della Madonna: Kyrie (Cum jublio)
  9. Fiori Musicali de diverse compositioni..., 47 pieces for 4 parts: Messa della Madonna: Canzon Dopo la Pistola
  10. Fiori Musicali de diverse compositioni..., 47 pieces for 4 parts: Messa della Madonna: Recercar Dopo il Credo
  11. Fiori Musicali de diverse compositioni..., 47 pieces for 4 parts: Messa della Madonna: Tocata Aunati il Recercar
  12. Fiori Musicali de diverse compositioni..., 47 pieces for 4 parts: Messa della Madonna: Recercar Con obligo di Cantar
  13. Fiori Musicali de diverse compositioni..., 47 pieces for 4 parts: Messa della Madonna: Tocata per le leuatione
  14. Fiori Musicali de diverse compositioni..., 47 pieces for 4 parts: Messa della Madonna: Bergamasca
  15. Fiori Musicali de diverse compositioni..., 47 pieces for 4 parts: Messa della Madonna: Capricio sopra la Girolmeta
  16. Fiori Musicali de diverse compositioni..., 47 pieces for 4 parts: Messa delli Apostoli: Tocata Auanti la Messa Delli
  17. Fiori Musicali de diverse compositioni..., 47 pieces for 4 parts: Messa delli Apostoli: Kyrie Delli Apostoli
  18. Fiori Musicali de diverse compositioni..., 47 pieces for 4 parts: Messa delli Apostoli: Canzon Dopo la Pistola
  19. Fiori Musicali de diverse compositioni..., 47 pieces for 4 parts: Messa delli Apostoli: Toccata Auanti il Recercar
  20. Fiori Musicali de diverse compositioni..., 47 pieces for 4 parts: Messa delli Apostoli: Recercar Cromaticho post il
  21. Fiori Musicali de diverse compositioni..., 47 pieces for 4 parts: Messa delli Apostoli: Altro Recercar
  22. Fiori Musicali de diverse compositioni..., 47 pieces for 4 parts: Messa delli Apostoli: Tocata per le leuatione
  23. Fiori Musicali de diverse compositioni..., 47 pieces for 4 parts: Messa delli Apostoli: Recercar Con obligo Del Bass
  24. Fiori Musicali de diverse compositioni..., 47 pieces for 4 parts: Messa delli Apostoli: Canzon Quarti Toni Dopo post

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