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Created by Danilo Lorenzini · Cd

Music by: Adrian Willaert Performers: Danilo Lorenzini, Antonio Eros Negri, Riccardo Villani, Giuseppe Azzarelli Willaert: Complete Works, Volume 7 Willaert and his circle Ricercari da Musica Nova (1540) Lorenzini / Negri / Villani / Azzarelli Stradivarius 33355 Contents: Willaert: Ricercare I (harpsichord) Segni: Ricercare III (harpsichord) Segni: Ricercare IV (organ, harpsichord) Segni or Willaert: Ricercare VI (organ) Benoist: Ricercare VII (organ, harpsichord) Segni: Ricercare VIII (harpsichord, organ) Segni: Ricercare IX (organ) Willaert: Ricercare X (2 organs) Segni: Ricercare XI (organ) Segni: Ricercare XII (harpsichord) Segni or Willaert: Ricercare XIII (harpsichord) Willaert: Ricercare XIV (organ, harpsichord) Segni: Ricercare XV (harpsichord, organ) Segni: Ricercare XVI (2 organs) Golin: Ricercare XVII (harpsichord, organ) Parabosco: Ricercare XVIII (organ) Segni: Ricercare XIX (organ, harpsichord) Cavazzoni: Ricercare XX (harpsichord, organ) Parabosco: Ricercare XXI (harpsichord) Willaert or Segni: Ricercare XXII / Appendix 1 (organ) Coste: Ricercare XXIII / Appendix 2 (organ) Performers: Danilo Lorenzini (harpsichord), Antonio Eros Negri (organo tamburini, organ XVII secolo), Riccardo Villani (harpsichord, organs), Giuseppe Azzarelli (organ XVI secolo) Playing time: 77' Recording date: November 1993 Instruments: Harpsichord (Flemish by Martin Sassmann, Hamburg); Organ XVII secolo; Organ XVI secolo; Organo Tamburini della Chiesa di Santa Bernardetta in Milano The Musica Nova of 1540 consists of 21 ricercares written out in four separate part-books and intended "for the organ or other instruments" and this performance chooses the common practice of pairing keyboard instruments in many of them. This is one of the earliest published examples of fully imitative instrumental music (also appearing intabulated on the lute), and was quickly copied in other publications and even reprinted in France in Musicque de Ioye (in which the last two "appendix" selections survive). Willaert's influence here cannot be underestimated. He was the one who was principally responsible for integrating the imitative contrapuntal writing of the Franco-Flemish school with the instrumental technology & sonority of Italy. These early works revolved around him and his school. Besides Willaert, composers represented are Giulio Segni (1498-1561), Girolamo Cavazzoni (c.1510-c.1565), Girolamo Parabosco (c.1520-1557), Nicolò Benoist (b.c.1510), Guillelmo Golin (b.c.1510), and Gabriel Coste (fl. 1538-1543). The two ricercari (Nos. 2 & 5) left off of the present recording are also by Segni.

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