Tastes of the Mediterranean: Music of 16th-Century Spain and Italy (2019)

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Folger Consort performed "Tastes of the Mediterranean: Music of 16th-Century Spain and Italy" on March 29th to March 31st 2019 at Folgers Elizabethan Theatre.

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Renaissance music of Spain and Italy offers a variety of tastes and flavors—from rustic to courtly to the sublime. Tuneful and lyric Spanish villançicos and Italian frottole express a wide range of emotions about food, drink, loss, and, of course, love. Instrumental works include lively dances and diminutions from Italy and some of the great wind band repertoire from Spain. With soprano Jessica Beebe and wind ensemble Piffaro, The Renaissance Band.

Join us on March 30 at 7pm for a pop-up exhibition featuring rare materials from the Folger vaults related to the performance.

In association with the Folger exhibition and the institution-wide project Before 'Farm to Table': Early Modern Foodways and Cultures.

The following playlist offers a preview of some of the music on the program. Folger Consort arrangements heard in concert will likely vary from these recordings.


From 16th-century Italy:

Frottole, villanesche, and other vocal music: Non è tempo by Marco Cara; In te, Domine, speravi by Josquin des Prez; Non se sa se non se dice by Bartolomeo Tromboncino; A quand' a quand' haveva by Adriano Willaert; Chi la gagliarda by Baldassare Donata; A lieta vita by Giovanni Gastoldi

Instrumental arrangements of dances, motets, and other music: La piva and La gamba by Vincenzo Ruffo; Regem archangelorum and Regina caeli by Costanzo Festa; Ave Maria by Giacomo Fogliano; Pass'e mezzo e saltarello by Giorgio Mainerio

From 16th-century Spain:

Instrumental and vocal music from the Cancionero Musical de Palacio: Calabaça, no se buen amor (Anonymous); Dale, si le das (Anonymous); Nunca fue pena mayor by Johannes Urrede; Cucú by Juan del Encina

Instrumental and vocal music from the Cancionero de Upsala: Yo me soy la morenica (Anonymous); Ay, luna (Anonymous); Diferencias sobre 'Canto de Cavellero' and Galliarda Milanese by Antonio de Cabezón; Dindirindín by Mateo Flecha

Instrumental arrangements of music from the Lerma Manuscript: Pange Lingua and Fabordones otro otavo tono by Francisco Guerrero

Arrangements of instrumental and vocal music, including villançicos and popular dance tunes: La Spagna by Josquin des Prez; Sirvió esta mañana el alva by Juan Arañes; Folia Gallegas by Santiago de Murcia; Canarios


Folger Consort

Artistic Directors

Robert Eisenstein: viol

Christopher Kendall: lute

Guest Artists

Jessica Beebe: Soprano

Piffaro, The Renaissance Band