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Savonarolan Laude, Motets, and Anthems

Savonarolan Laude, Motets, and Anthems
Edited by Patrick Macey
R116
Savonarolan Laude, Motets, and Anthems
Full Score (1999)
978-0-89579-436-9
8.5x11, lxxiii + 236 pp.

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The Dominican friar Girolamo Savonarola, a fiery preacher who dominated Florence from 1492 until he was burned at the stake for heresy in 1498, promoted the singing of sacred Italian laude as part of religious and social reform. The present volume makes available laude for Savonarolan celebrations of carnival, as well as settings for laude written by Savonarola himself, and laude written in veneration of the friar.
In contrast to the simple musical style of the laude is the elaborate music of the Latin motet. Savonarola scorned such elite music, yet many prominent composers from the sixteenth century created musical settings of his motto "Ecce quam bonum" (Ps. 132:1), and of his meditations on Psalms 30 and 50. The edition includes motets by Richafort, Verdelot, Willaert, Clemens non Papa, and Claude Le Jeune. An Elizabethan, William Hunnis, translated the meditation on Psalm 50 into English, and verse anthems were composed by Mundy and Ravenscroft.
Laude from the Time of Lorenzo de' Medici and their Models
1a. Siam galanti di Valenza (carnival song; Canzona de' profumi), Lorenzo de' Medici
1b. O maligno e duro core, Lorenzo de' Medici
1c. O profeti, o martir' forti, Anonymous
2a. Visin, visin, visin (carnival song; Canzona degli spazzacamini), Anonymous
2b. Jesù, Jesù, Jesù, Feo Belcari
3a. Berricuocoli, donne, e confortini (carnival song; Canzona de' confortini), Lorenzo de' Medici
3b. Madre de' peccatori, Anonymous
 
Laude for Savonarolan Carnival Celebrations and their Models
4a. Viva, viva la ragione (carnival song; Canzona degli huomini salvatichi), Anonymous
4b. Viva, viva in oratione, Anonymous
4c. Viva, viva in nostro core, Anonymous
5a. Deh venitene pastori, Lucrezia de' Medici
5b. Viva Cristo e chi li crede, Filippo Cioni
6a. Signor Iesù quando sarò io mai, attr. Leonardo Giustiniani
6b. Viva ne' nostri cuori, Girolamo Benivieni
6c. Da che tu ci hai Signore, Benivieni
7a. O Maria, diana stella, attr. Giustiniani
7b. Voi toccate la chiavetta, Anonymous
8a. Franza, Franza, viva Franza (carnival song), Anonymous
8b. Ogni giorno tu mi di', Castellano Castellani
8c. Non fu mai el più bel sollazzo, Benivieni
9a. Giovani mandati siamo (carnival song: Canzona de' tedeschi), Anonymous
9b. Chi non ama te, Maria, Benivieni
9c. Io vo darti anima mia, Benivieni
9d. Oggi torna alla memoria, Anonymous
 
Laude by Savonarola and their Models
10a–d. Iesù, sommo conforto (music by Paulus Scotus, Serafino Razzi [ed.], Giovanni Animuccia, and Simone Verovio), Girolamo Savonarola
11a. Ben venga maggio (May Day song), Poliziano
11b. Ecco 'l Messia, Lucrezia de' Medici
11c. Che fai qui, core?, Savonarola
12a. In su quell'alto monte, Bianco Gesuato
12b. In su quell'aspro monte, Savonarola
13a. Iesù, sommo diletto e vero lume, Belcari
13b. Iesù, dolce conforto e sommo bene, Savonarola
14a. Deh dolce redentore, Lorenzo Tornabuoni
14b. Alma, che sì gentile ti fe', Gherardo d'Astore
14c. Alma, che sì gentile sei per amor, Savonarola
 
Laude in Veneration of Savonarola and their Models
15a. Ecco 'l Signore, Anonymous
15b. Ecce quam bonum, Luca Bettini
16. La carità è spenta, Benedetto Luschino
17a. Da che tu m'hai, Iddio, Belcari
17b. Eterno Dio che per voler, Luschino
17c. Da che tu m'hai dimostro, Caterina de' Ricci
18. Ecce quomodo moritur (Responsory), Anonymous
19a. Vergini, deh lasciate i pigri letti, Serafino Razzi
19b. O fonte di bontà, Anonymous
20a. Occhi miei oscurati (villanella), Giovanni Domenico del Giovane da Nola
20b. Piangendo i miei peccati, Razzi
 
Motets Based on Savonarola's Motto and Tune, Ecce quam bonum
21. O quam dulcis (secunda pars: Ecce quam bonum; music: Jean Richafort)
22. Ecce quam bonum (music: attr. Nicolas Gombert)
23. Letamini in Domino (cantus firmus: Ecce quam bonum; music: Philippe Verdelot)
24. Ecce quam bonum (music: Antonius Galli)
 
Motets on Savonarola's Meditations on Psalms 50 and 30
25–27. Infelix ego (music by Adrian Willaert, Simon Joly, and Jacob Reiner)
28. Tristitia obsedit me, amici (music: Clemens non Papa)
29. Tristitia obsedit me, magno (music: Claude Le Jeune)
 
Song and Verse Anthems on Savonarola's Meditation on Psalm 50
30. Ah, helpless wretch (song; music: William Hunnis)
31–32. Ah, helpless wretch (verse anthems; music by William Mundy and Thomas Ravenscroft)
Julie Cumming, Notes, March 2001
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