Marco Beasley, Fabio Accurso & Stefano Rocco
The shift from Renaissance polyphony to early baroque monody in Italy is one of the most important upheavals in western music history. In this musing nocturne, entitled La Clessidra (the hourglass), crowd puller Marco Beasley brings some highlights from the most popular music sources of that era.
The Roman nobleman Emilio de’ Cavalieri was a central figure in the musical innovation of about the year 1600. Through the publication of his Rappresentatione di Anima, et di Corpo the ‘recitar cantando’ was also born concurrently, being an essential step in the development of the opera. This leads us smoothly to fragments from Jacopo Peri’s L’Euridice and Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo. Indispensable in this music selection is also Giulio Caccini’s volume Le Nuove Musiche, with songs for solo song and basso continuo. This tribute to the magical symbiosis of text and music will not fail to move you.