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Festival of the Voice: Fieri Consort

When
Thursday May 10, 2018 at 20:00
Where
Sidney Sussex College Chapel, Cambridge
Tickets
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  1. Il settimo libro de madrigali a cinque voci - Luca Marenzio
    • Deh poi ch’era ne’ fati
    • Quell’augellin che canta
    • Cruda Amarilli
    • O dolcezz' amarissime d’amore
    • Arda pur sempr’o mora
    • O Mirtillo, Mirtillo
    • Come è dolce il gioire o vago Tirsi
    • Care mie selve, a dio
    • Tirsi mio caro Tirsi
    • Ombrose e care selve
  2. Quell' augellin, che canta - Claudio Monteverdi
  3. Cruda Amarilli - Giaches de Wert
  4. Cruda Amarilli, from Il quinto libro de madrigali SV 94-106 - Claudio Monteverdi
  5. Cruda Amarilli - Benedetto Pallavicino
  6. Ah, dolente partita - Claudio Monteverdi
  7. Lamento d'Arianna, from Il sesto libro de madrigali SV 107-116 - Claudio Monteverdi

Luca Marenzio’s seventh book of madrigals (1595) is notable for drawing its texts from Guarini’s tragicomedy play Il pastor fido (The Faithful Shepherd). The collection is arranged to follow the courtship between two lovers, Amarilli and Martillo, and represents an important step between the 15th century madrigal and 16th century opera. It is said that ‘Marenzio broke a path along which Monteverdi could proceed’ and indeed the latter was strongly influenced by Marenzio’s work.

Il Pastor Fido? became a popular source of inspiration for madrigal composers in the 1590s. Over the following eighty years, over five-hundred compositions were based on texts from the play. Tonight Fieri present a selection from Marenzio’s seventh book of madrigals followed by examples of settings by other composers influenced by his work. The book doesn’t follow the order of Guarini’s play exactly, and in fact also includes some texts by other writers. The general mood and narrative is used as a guide however.


Venue
Sidney Sussex College Chapel
Sidney Street
Cambridge
Cambridgeshire
England
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