MASTER LIST OF COMPOSERS

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Aleotti, Vittoria
Arcadelt, Jacques (Giaches)
Artusini, Antonio
Bellasio, Paolo
Bertani, Lelio
Boschetti, Giovanni Boschetto
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, Concenti musicali a8 (1604/1610) (complete)
Gastoldi, Giovanni Giacomo
Gastoldi, Primo a 6 (1592) (complete)
Gastoldi, Quarto a 5 (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 a 5 (1594) (complete)
Massaino, Tiburzio
Mezzogorri, Giovanni Nicolò
Monteverdi, Claudio
Mosto, Giovanni Battista
Nasco, Giovan (Jan)
Nodari, Giovanni Paolo, Madrigali a 5 (complete)
Pallavicino, Benedetto
Rognoni Taeggio, Francesco, Primo a 5 (1613) (complete)
Rognoni Taeggio, Giovanni Domenico, Primo a 5 (1605) (complete)
Rore, Cipriano (De)
Rossetti, Stefano
Rossi, Salamone
Ruffolo, Lucrezio
Sabino, Ippolito
Santini, Marsilio
Stabile, Annibale
Taroni, Antonio
Tomasi, Biagio
Tresti, Flaminio
Tresti, Secondo a 5 (1587) (complete)
Usper (Spongia), Francesco
Valmarana, Girolamo
Various (from Dolci Affetti, 1582)
Various (from Trionfo di Musica, 1579)
Vecchi, Orazio
Verdonck, Cornelius
Virchi, Paolo, Primo a 5 (1584) (complete)
Virchi, Paolo, Secondo a 5 (1588) (complete)
Wert, Decimo a 5 (1591) (complete)
Wert, Giaches de
Wert, Ottavo a 5 (1586) (complete)
Zanchi, Liberale
Zanotti, Camillo
Zoilo, Annibale

Leoni, Leone

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Title and DescriptionScoreMidiTranslation
Dimmi Clori gentil (SSATB)
Leoni was maestro di cappella at Vicenza Cathedral and published several books of five-voice madrigals, as well as much sacred music. Here he combines two separate texts, one inspired by Il Pastor Fido and the other reminiscent of the bird-calls in Jannequin's "Chant des oiseaux," into a musical tour de force. The piece has been transposed down a fourth; a version at the original pitch is also available.
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Cor mio, deh non languire (SSATB)
Leoni’s angular lines, animated passages in eighth notes, and occasionally edgy harmonies seem well suited to the studied posturing of Guarini’s text.
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Come viver poss' io (SS A/T TB)
Leone Leoni’s Terzo libro a 5 (1595), in which this madrigal first appeared, is known only from a single surviving Tenore part-book, preserved at the Biblioteca Bertoliana in Vicenza. However, a few pieces from that source, including this one, were reprinted in a Danish anthology of Italian madrigals, with the appropriately flowery title Giardino Novo Bellissimo di Varii Fiori Musicali Scieltissimi: Primo Libro de’ Madrigali a Cinque (Copenhagen, 1605).
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Clori del vago Elpino (prima parte of 6) (SSATB)
This remarkable extended cycle, published under the title "Canzon del Rossignuolo" (song of the nightingale), combines a loose pastoral narrative with onomatopoeic effects in the form of bird calls. Possibly Leoni is paying homage to Giovan Nasco's earlier, similarly conceived "Canzon di rospi e rossignuol" (Song of the toads and nightingale, q.v.). Instrumental doubling, or even all-instrumental performance, would seem to be appropriate. A version transposed up a major second is also available.
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Quand' un selvaggio e canoro usignolo (seconda parte) (SSATB)
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Perché ora non ami (terza parte) (SSATB)
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Chiar è ch’ognun del foco (quarta parte) (SSATB)
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Così parea ch’in canto (quinta parte) (SSATB)
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Sparve l'augel cantando (sesta ed ultima parte) (SSATB)
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Quell' augellin che canta (SSATB)
Leoni's version of Linco's appeal to a reluctant Silvio (Il pastor fido, I/i), to the effect that birds do it, bees do it, everyone but you does it, is a bit more restrained in terms of word-painting and virtuosity than the settings by Monteverdi and Marenzio (qq.v.), but expressive and charming in its own right.
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Vorrei, vorrei scoprire (SSATB) *NEW*
A cleverly constructed madrigal on a text in which the protagonist proclaims his success in love, while at the same time maintaining that he cannot talk about it. Leoni turns the “punch line” (Ma non lo posso dire / But I cannot say it) into a recurring motif in the Canto, producing a coy, “I-can’t-say-it-but-I’m-saying-it” effect.
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In questo fior ascoso (SSATB) *NEW*
Another madrigal by Leoni that is preserved in the Danish anthology Giardino Novo … (1605). The protagonist imagines sending Cupid, concealed in a flower, to his lady-love, and engaging her vicariously in some amorous hanky-panky.
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Se la vita ch’amor e ’l ciel accese (SSATB) *NEW*
Also included in Giardino Novo ..., this madrigal features bright sonorities and word-painting effects that suggest that the theme of the text (“if my lady-love wastes away and dies, I’ll be happy to die quickly”) is not to be taken too seriously.
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