Meldert: Il primo libro de madrigali a cinque voci

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Leonard Meldert
Il primo libro de madrigali a cinque voci (Venice, 1578)

Edited by Franco Piperno

R161 Meldert: Il primo libro de madrigali a cinque voci
978-0-89579-803-9 Full Score (2014) 8.5x11, xxx + 119 pp.
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Leonard Meldert’s Primo libro de madrigali a cinque voci (Venice, 1578) has an interest and musical quality far beyond what one might guess from the modest facts of the author’s life and works. The book partly reflects the musical tastes of the court of Urbino in the final years of Duke Guidobaldo II Della Rovere (1514–74) and of the private household of his brother, Cardinal Giulio Della Rovere (1533–78). But its structure and contents display some unusual features that can be linked to the circumstances of Meldert’s life and to his own initiative in projecting and assembling his book of madrigals. Moreover, it offers the first settings of then-recent poems by Torquato Tasso, Giovanni Battista Guarini, and Giuliano Goselini, the result of the composer’s personal contacts in the court of Ferrara and his ties to the literary and musical circle of Antonio Londonio, a Milan-based Spanish diplomat. This edition presents the Primo libro for the first time in a modern edition, examining Meldert’s textual choices and musical style within the contexts of courtly life, his personal biography, and the nascent seconda prattica.
1. Quando la donna mia
2. M’apre talor
3. Il più leggiadro
4. Refrigerio sì dolce
5. Mille spirti infernali
6. Mille tormenti
7. Coppia rara
8. Qual fia
9. S’io vi domando
10. La lira mia
11. Dal vivo raggio
12. Come piena d’umor
13. Se l’atto trapassò
14. Tirsi morir
15. Dolci spoglie
16. Negro era intorno
17. Stella ch’in ciel
18. Facelle son
19. Erra il sol
20. Amor l’alma