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
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
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

Tresti, Flaminio

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Title and DescriptionScoreMidiTranslation
In braccio alla mia 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 six (out of 20) pieces. Those six pieces are transcribed here, along with one for which the missing Quinto has been reconstructed. "In braccio alla mia donna" features an erotic text; peculiarly, it seems to be preoccupied with sexual dysfunction.
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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.)
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Quest’ è Tirsi quel fonte (prima parte of 2) (SSATB) *NEW*
A setting of a bucolic sonnet by the mid-16th-century poet Benedetto Varchi, in which the protagonist reminisces to a companion about idyllic times gone by.
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Sotto quest’ antro (seconda parte) (SSATB) *NEW*
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Or menan dolci e lascivetti balli (SSATB) *NEW*
A bucolic idyll featuring the “fair nymphs of Adda,” water-sprites who inhabit the river that flows past the city of Lodi before joining the Po near Cremona. Presumably the poem was intended to appeal to Francesco Pontiroli, the dedicatee of Tresti’s Quarto libro a cinque and a member of one of Lodi’s prominent patrician families.
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Ardemmo insieme (SSATB) *NEW*
A setting of a madrigale by Battista Guarini, in which what the protagonist perceives as passionate love at first glance turns out to be a snare and a delusion. Tresti's text is a somewhat abridged version of the original.
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O come vaneggiate, donna (SSATB)
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.
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