Music for Machiavelli: Florence circa 1500 (2019)

Folger Consort performed "Music for Machiavelli: Florence circa 1500" on September 27th to September 29th 2019 at St. Marks on Capitol Hill.


Perhaps best known as the author of The Prince, Niccolò Machiavelli walked the streets of Florence 500 years ago. He was a true Renaissance man–a philosopher, playwright, diplomat, and a poet. Along with the carnival songs Machiavelli wrote for the Medici family and music for his comedic stage play The Mandrake, Folger Consort performed works by Francesco Bendusi, Josquin des Prez, Heinrich Isaac, and native composers of Northern Italy. With instrumentalists Larry Lipnik, Dan Meyers, Mark Rimple, and Mary Springfels, and soprano Emily Noël.


Musical settings from Machiavelli’s La Mandragola (The Mandrake) by Philippe Verdelot: Chi non fa prova, Amore ; O dolce notte

Anonymous Florentine works from around the year 1500: Venus, Juno, Pallas ; Canto de’ diavoli (text by Machiavelli)

Works by Heinrich Isaac: Canto delle dèe (Nè pìu bella di queste) ; Quis dabit capiti meo quam? ; Sancte Petre - Ora pro nobis ; Palle, palle ; Alla battaglia

Works by Alexander Agricola: Pater meus Agricola est ; Comme femme

A selection of music from the earliest Italian collection of ensemble dances, Francesco Bendusi’s Opera nova de balli, printed in 1533.

Individual arrangements of the popular Florentine tune, Fortuna desperata, by Alexander Agricola, Heinrich Isaac, Johannes Martini, and Josquin des Pres

Other works from Renaissance Florence: Canto d’amanti disperati e di dame by Niccolò Machiavelli; Meyor d’este jon ày by Bartolomeo degli Organi; Canzona de’ naviganti (“Contrar’i venti”) by Alessandro Coppini; Iesù, sommo conforto (text by Girolamo Savonarola) by Paolo Scoto; In te, Domine, speravi by Josquin des Pres


Folger Consort

Artist Directors

Robert Eisenstein: Viol

Christopher Kendall: Lute

Guest Artists

Lawrence Lipnik: Viol

Daniel Meyers: Winds

Emily Noël: Soprano

Mark Rimple: Lute

Mary Springfels: Viol