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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, Terzo a 5 (1587) (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

Massaino, Terzo a 5 (1587) (complete)

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Ben venga il pastor mio (prima parte of 2) (SSATB) *NEW*
A "lovers' parting" dialogue, here set on the banks of the river Arno in Tuscany, and with heavy hints of erotic goings-on between dusk and dawn.
Addio Lidia mia bella (seconda parte) (SSATB) *NEW*
Pastor mio bel che fai (prima parte of 2) (SSATB) *NEW*
A continuation of the pastoral theme introduced in Nos. 1–2. The music matches the light-heartedness of the text; the syncopations in bars 10–12 of the prima parte might suggest that the nymph is engaging in a bit of hide-and-seek. Bars 8–12 of the seconda parte are cleverly constructed musically; the Basso sings an ascending scale in long notes, negotiating two deceptive cadences on the sixth degree in the process.
Deh vien in questo istante (seconda parte) (SSATB) *NEW*
Riser le piagge (prima parte of 2) (SSATB) *NEW*
A pastoral-themed madrigal with a twist: it is the nymph Filli who openly declares her passion (“I can suffer no longer, I burn for you”), leaving the protagonist overwhelmed and musing on what actually happened.
Non posso più soffrir (seconda parte) (SSATB) *NEW*
O vaghi miei pensieri (SSATB) *NEW*
A somewhat dreamy musing on fleeting thoughts, a fair face, and the locus of true love.
Non crediate mia vita (prima parte of 2) (SATTB) *NEW*
The poem set by Massaino displays a distinctive construction (6 + 7 lines) and unusual rhyme scheme (AABBCC DEDFFEE), and, furthermore, is not known to have been set to music by any other composer. The subject-matter is also unusual – the protagonist casts his soul in the role of a kind of spiritual doppelgänger of his love-object, who, however, remains oblivious to the invisible companion’s presence.
Se dormite ella dorme (seconda parte) (SATTB) *NEW*
All'aura dolce (prima parte of 2) (SATTB) *NEW*
A tribute to an accomplished singer, whose voice has power over raging winds and waves (which are vividly depicted musically). Just possibly, the piece might commemorate a visit to Mantua by the virtuosa Tarquinia Molza, who was attached to the nearby court of Ferrara at the time.
Però qual meraviglia (seconda parte) (SATTB) *NEW*
Chi di me lieta e più contenta vive (SS A/T TB) *NEW*
Another pastoral vignette, of anonymous authorship. Both the text and the sprightly musical setting are noteworthy for their brevity.
Amanti, o lieti amanti (SSATB) *NEW*
The text had been set earlier by Festa and Arcadelt, and it was also set, nearly contemporaneously with Massaino’s version, by Gioseffo Biffi. Pietro Barignano was a poet and courtier active in the first half of the 16th century. It seems that he was associated with the ducal court of Urbino, where he would have come into contact with Elisabetta and Leonora Gonzaga, the wives of the duke Guidobaldo da Montefeltro and his successor Francesco Maria Della Rovere. Possibly Massaino was motivated to set the text because of the author’s links to the family of his patron Rodolfo Gonzaga.
La pastorella mia (SATTB) *NEW*
Another tale of pastoral goings-on, in which a mock combat leads to some amorous hanky-panky. The same text was set by Monte and by Girolamo Dalla Casa.
Tu che vinci ogni cosa (SATTB) *NEW*
A setting of a poem of unknown authorship, addressed to Cupid. The warning of the peril to Cupid’s kingdom is perhaps somewhat tongue-in-cheek.
Tu mi piagasti a morte (SATTB) *NEW*
An appeal to Cupid’s mercy from a wounded lover. The same text was also set by Monte, A. Gabrieli and Marc’Antonio Pordenon.
Segue egli la vittoria (prima parte of 2) (SATTB) *NEW*
The text, from Tasso’s Gerusalemme liberata, is better known from Monteverdi’s more extended rendition in the Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda. Massaino’s setting focuses on the final moments of the single combat between the Christian warrior-hero Tancredi and Clorinda, a Saracen maiden with whom Tancredi has fallen in love. Not recognizing her in her armor, Tancredi slays her. Massaino’s setting is harmonically daring, with tonal excursions as far afield as B-major. The seconda parte is notable for the way in which it depicts, in the words “e gl’occhi a lagrimar,” Tancredi’s dawning realization of the magnitude of the horrendous, if inadvertent, deed that he has done. (For Tancredi’s subsequent travails, see also Monteverdi’s “Vivrò fra i miei tormenti” and the two settings of “Giunto alla tomba” by Wert and Marenzio.) A version a whole step lower is also available.
Amico, hai vinto (seconda parte) (SATTB) *NEW*
Fuggirò all’apparir del nuovo sole (SSATB) *NEW*
The text is evidently a stanza from a sestina, a distinctive poetic genre comprising six stanzas, each consisting of six eleven-syllable lines, organized in such a way that the final words of each line permute in orderly fashion throughout the stanzas. (The sestina concludes with a three-line coda, or commiato, in which all six words appear.) It has not proved possible to identify the original sestina, nor is it clear why Massaino would choose to set this stanza in isolation. There are no other known settings.
Così m’amaste voi come v’am’ io (prima parte of 2) (SSATB) *NEW*
Although not identified as belonging to a separate genre, this piece and its seconda parte function more like a light canzonetta than a madrigal. The last two lines of the prima parte are repeated note for note, refrain-like, at the end of the seconda parte.
Così dell’ardor mio v’infiammi amore (seconda parte) (SSATB) *NEW*

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