Rossetti: Il lamento di Olimpia et canzone (Venice, 1567)

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Stefano Rossetti
Il lamento di Olimpia et canzone (Venice, 1567)
Three Works for Isabella de' Medici

Edited by James Chater

R165 Rossetti: Il lamento di Olimpia et canzone (Venice, 1567)
978-0-89579-850-3 Full Score (2017) 8.5x11, xxv + 139 pp.
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Stefano Rossetti (d. ca. 1584) was an Italian composer associated with the Medici family in Florence. His expressive, experimental style and penchant for multipartite forms and large vocal ensembles might assure him a prominent place in the history of the Italian madrigal, but because of the incomplete survival of his music and patchy biography, his life and works remain under-explored. Among his incomplete works is Il lamento di Olimpia et canzone (Venice, 1567), which lacks the Alto partbook. The print opens and closes with multipartite cycles: a vast lament from Ariosto’s epic poem Orlando furioso and a canzone in praise of Isabella de’ Medici, to whom the publication is dedicated. Between them is a setting of Petrarch’s “Non al suo amante” (Canzoniere, no. 52), which adumbrates the canzone thematically. Il lamento di Olimpia et canzone has often been cited in the secondary literature in connection with Isabella de’ Medici, and its monumental scale has been noted by music historians. Detailed discussion of the music, however, has been hampered by the lack of a modern edition, due no doubt to its incomplete state. By providing a reconstruction of the missing voices, the present edition fills this lacuna, making these works available to scholars and performers for the first time.
ll lamento di Olimpia
1. Fra quanti amor
2. Il falso amante
3. Rimase addietro
4. Nessuno trova
5. E corre al mar
6. Quivi surgea nel lido
7. Vide lontano, o le parve vedere
8. E dove non potea
9. Ma i venti
10. E con la faccia in giù
11. Uomo non veggio qui
12. Io sto in sospetto
13. Ma presuppongo ancor
14. Tu m’hai lo stato mio
15. Debbo forse ire in Frisa
16. Deh, pur che da color
17. Corre di nuovo
Non al suo amante (madrigal a 5)
1. Donna? non donna già
2. Della tenera etade
3. Poscia rivolto
4. Qual già Diana
5. Dunque chi canterà
       6. Ma io che poss’altro