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Recent Researches in the Music of the Middle Ages and Early Renaissance

Fortuna desperata: Thirty-Six Settings of an Italian Song
Edited by Honey Meconi
 
M37 ISBN 0-89579-477-2 (2001) xxxvii + 190 pp. $92.00
  ISBN 978-0-89579-477-2
(13-digit)

The Italian song Fortuna desperata inspired a rich collection of derivative pieces for almost seventy-five years after its composition. This edition includes all known ensemble settings (except masses), including the original song, si placet versions, replacement contratenor settings, secular cantus firmus compositions, liturgical and quasi-liturgical works, and pieces with Italian, French, German, and Latin texts. 

" . . . the very fact that so much has been written about so many of the pieces in this volume is the best justfication for its existence. As a data-bank on Fortuna desperata this can hardly be bettered. . . ." 
Fabrice Fitch, "Variations on a Song," Early Music, May 2002

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Contents:
1. Fortuna desperata (a 3), [uncertain]
2. Fortuna desperata (a 4), Anonymous
3. Fortuna desperata (a 4), Anonymous
4. Fortuna desperata / Poi che tíhebi nel core (a 4), Anonymous
5. Fortune esperee (a 4), Anonymous
6. Fortuna desperata (a 6), Alexander Agricola
7. Fortuna desperata (a 3), Felice?
8. Fortuna disperata (a 3), Josquin des Prez?
9. Fortuna disperata (a 4), Johannes Martini
10. Fortuna disperata / Sancte Petre / Ora pro nobis (a 5), Heinrich Isaac?
11. Fortuna / Bruder Conrat (a 4), Heinrich Isaac
12. Fortuna disperata (a 4), Anonymous
13. Fortuna disperata zibaldone (a 4), Anonymous
14. Fortuna desperata (a 4), Jean Pinarol
15. Fortuna desperata (a 3), Heinrich Isaac
16. Sanctus (a 4), Heinrich Isaac
17. Fortuna desperata (a 4), Anonymous
18. Esurientes implevit bonis (a 4), Anonymous
19. O crux ave / Fortuna (a 5), Anonymous
20. Ich stund an einem Morgen / Fortuna (a 5), Ludwig Senfl
21. Es taget vor dem Walde / Fortuna (a 5), Ludwig Senfl
22. Herr durch dein Blut (Pange lingua) / Fortuna (a 5), Ludwig Senfl
23. Virgo prudentissima / Fortuna (a 5), Ludwig Senfl
24. Helena desiderio plena / Fortuna (a 5), Ludwig Senfl
25. Nasci, pati, mori / Fortuna (a 5), Ludwig Senfl
26. Fortuna ad voces musicales (a 4), Ludwig Senfl
27. Passibus ambiguis (a 4), Matthias Greiter
28. Fortuna desperata (a 3), Heinrich Isaac
29. Fortuna desperata (a 4), Anonymous
30. Ave mater matris Dei / Fortuna disperata (a 5), Jacquet of Mantua
31. Consideres mes incessantes plaintes / Fortuna desperata (a 5), Anonymous
32. Anima mea liquefacta est / Amica mea (a 5), Cabilliau
33. Fortuna (a 4), Wilhelm Breitengraser
34. Fortuna desperata quae te dementia coepit? (a 3), Anonymous
35. Fortuna (a 4?), Anonymous
36. Fortuna desperata quae te dementia vertit? (a 6), Robertus Fabri