MASTER LIST OF COMPOSERS

Below is a list of composers currently represented on this Web site. Clicking on a composer's name will bring up a list of madrigals available to be downloaded. Three downloads are available for each madrigal: Score (in PDF format), MIDI (.mid) and Text/Translation (also in PDF).

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Aleotti, Vittoria
Arcadelt, Jacques (Giaches)
Artusini, Antonio
Bellasio, Paolo
Bertani, Lelio
Caletti, Giovanni Battista
Califano, Giovanni Battista
Capilupi, Gemignano
Casentini, Marsilio
Cavaccio, Giovanni
Cifra, Antonio
Costa, Gasparo
Croce, Giovanni
D'India, Sigismondo
Dalla Casa, Girolamo
Del Mel, Rinaldo
Dentice, Fabrizio
Falcone, Achille
Felis, Stefano
Florio, Giorgio
Freddi, Amadio
Gabrieli, Giovanni
Gagliano, Marco da
Gastoldi, Giovanni Giacomo
Gastoldi, Quarto libro (1602) (complete)
Ghizzolo, Giovanni
Giovanelli, Ruggiero
Guami, Francesco
Guerini, Pietro Francesco
Ingegneri, MarcAntonio
Isnardi, Paolo
Leoni, Leone
Mancini, Curzio
Marenzio, Luca
Masnelli, Paolo
Massaino, Quarto libro (1594) (complete)
Massaino, Tiburzio
Mezzogorri, Giovanni Nicolò
Monteverdi, Claudio
Mosto, Giovanni Battista
Nodari, Giovanni Paolo, Madrigali a 5 (complete)
Pallavicino, Benedetto
Rognoni Taeggio, Francesco
Rore, Cipriano (De)
Rossetti, Stefano
Rossi, Salamone
Ruffolo, Lucrezio
Sabino, Ippolito
Stabile, Annibale
Taroni, Antonio
Tomasi, Biagio
Tresti, Flaminio
Usper (Spongia), Francesco
Various (from Dolci Affetti, 1582)
Various (from Trionfo di Musica, 1579)
Vecchi, Orazio
Verdonck, Cornelius
Wert, Giaches de
Wert, Il Decimo libro (1591) (complete)
Wert, Ottavo libro (1586) (complete)
Zanchi, Liberale
Zanotti, Camillo
Zoilo, Annibale

Pallavicino, Benedetto

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Una farfalla (SSATB)
A charming piece that spins out extended musical images of a moth fluttering around a flame. Pallavicino, a prolific composer who was a younger contemporary of Wert and an older one of Monteverdi, acceded to the position of maestro della musica at the Mantuan court upon Wert's death in 1596.
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Tirsi morir volea (prima parte of 3) (SSATTB)
First published a year later than, and clearly influenced by, Marenzio's ground-breaking setting of this erotic text, Pallavicino's treatment is noteworthy for its energetic lines and powerful six-voice writing. The impression conveyed is of a rather more athletic encounter between shepherd and nymph than in the case of Marenzio's or Wert's approach to the same theme. (A version transposed down a minor third is also available.)
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Frenò Tirsi il desio (seconda parte) (SSATTB)
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Così moriro (terza parte) (SSATTB)
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Dolcemente dormiva la mia Clori (SATTB)
Pallavicino trying his hand at setting Tasso's slightly naughty tale of a stolen kiss. See also the settings by Giovanelli, Monteverdi and Tresti.
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Cruda Amarilli (prima parte of 2) (SATTB)
Pallavicino's masterful setting of Mirtillo's opening lines (Pastor fido, I/ii) begins with a remarkable series of dissonances and suspensions, although the remainder of the piece is less daring.
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Ma grideran per me (seconda parte) (SATTB)
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O come vaneggiate, donna (SSATB) *NEW*
Pallavicino’s setting of this somewhat misogynistic reproach to a former lady-love, generally attributed to Guarini. Although written only 12 years after Wert’s setting of the same text (q.v.), Pallavicino’s seems closer to the idiom of the early baroque. See also the version by Giovanelli.
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Vaghi boschetti di soavi allori (SAATB) *NEW*
A setting of a stanza from Canto VI of Ariosto’s epic poem Orlando Furioso, at which point the heroic knight Ruggiero, borne by a hippogriff – a mythical creature familiar to Harry Potter fans – has just alighted on a far-off island paradise abounding in all manner of tropical delights. (He is soon to learn, however, that the island is the abode of the evil enchantress Alcina, who recycles used lovers by transforming them into trees, rocks and beasts.) See also the settings by Ingegneri and Wert.
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