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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, 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)
Rore, Cipriano (De)
Rossetti, Stefano
Rossi, Salamone
Ruffolo, Lucrezio
Sabino, Ippolito
Santini, Marsilio
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
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

Tresti, Flaminio

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Title and DescriptionScoreMidiTranslation
Dolcemente dormiva la mia Clori (SSATB)
A masterful setting of a Tasso text about a stolen kiss, by a native of Lodi better known for his organ works and sacred music, but who was also a prolific madrigalist. The piece has been transposed down a fourth; a version at the original pitch is also available.
Che fai che non involi (SSATB)
Another madrigal on the theme of stolen kisses, in which the dithering protagonist debates the pros and cons of same.
In braccio alla mia donna (SSATB)
A madrigal with an erotic text; peculiarly, it seems to be preoccupied with sexual dysfunction.
Se la mia vita sete (SSATB)
A madrigal in the light-hearted, upbeat style typical of Tresti. The insistent repetitions of the text “Che fuggendo con voi sempre m’avete” (For in fleeing you shall ever have me with you) reinforce the protagonist’s message that there will be no escape from his affection. (A person expressing similar sentiments today might run afoul of anti-stalking laws.)
O come vaneggiate, donna (SSATB)
Flaminio Tresti's Quarto libro a 5 (1596) survives in a single copy in the British Library. Although described as "complete" in standard references, the Quinto partbook is defective -- it preserves only the first 6 (out of 20) pieces. The missing Quinto part of this piece has been reconstructed. Tresti's version is notably energetic and lively (see also the settings of the same text by Giovanelli, Pallavicino and Wert). Note the parallel octaves in bar 24. A version transposed down a fourth is also available.
Se con dolce armonia (SSATB)
Another madrigal about the impact of a singer's voice upon her listeners (compare Gastoldi's "Dolce d'amor sirena," Massaino's "Mentre vaga Angioletta," Wert's "Scherza nel canto," et al.). Tresti highlights the text with some clever word-painting.
Ecco l’aura soave (prima parte of 2) (SSATB)
An appealing setting of a sonnet on the theme “In the spring a young man’s fancy ...”.
Con la nova stagion (seconda parte) (SSATB)
Neve e rose ha nel volto (SSATB)
An elegant but somewhat misogynistic description of a woman whose beauty is to be admired, but whose admirers may approach her only at their own risk and peril.
Filli deh non fuggir (prima parte of 2) (SSATB)
An energetic setting of a pastoral vignette in which fleet-footed Filli runs desperate Damone into the ground -- literally. The animated text, which offers ample scope for word-painting, takes the form of a classical Petrarchan sonnet (although no doubt Petrarch would have been appalled by the result). The piece is also suitable for instrumental performance. A version transposed down a fourth is available.
Rallenta Filli ohimè (seconda parte) (SSATB)
Dicea Filli ad Aminta (SSATB) *NEW*
A dialogue between shepherd and nymph featuring the well-worn “lovers’ parting” theme, although in this case “sweet sorrow” seems to be in short supply – she a bit reproachful, he a tad nonchalant. Perhaps inevitably, the words “(E) sol mi la(sci)” are set so as to correspond to the solmization syllables of the hexachord.

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