Girolamo Frescobaldi: Canzona Prima

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Girolamo Frescobaldi (1583-1643) was a student of the remarkable Luzzaschi in Ferrara during the 1590s, Frescobaldi came to Rome in 1604, where he established a brilliant career and secured a benefice from Antonio Barbarini. In 1608 he was appointed organist at St. Peter's at the Vatican and he subsequently held positions in Mantua and Florence, returning to Rome in the 1630s as one the most celebrated keyboard virtuosi in Europe. Through his publications and his students, notably the German composer and keyboard player Johann Jacob Froberger, Frescobaldi exerted a tremendous influence over keyboard technique and composition throughout the seventeenth century.

Though Frescobaldi is best known for his keyboard music, he published a significant body of works for voice, violin, and lute. While there is no documentation of a meeting between Frescobaldi and Carissimi it is difficult to imagine that they were not familiar with each other's work. They share a keen sensitivity to sonority and dramatic structure, though Frescobaldi's chromaticism reflects the influence of Luzzaschi and Gesualdo and contrasts with Carissimi's more clear-cut harmonic language.

Warren Stewart, artistic director

Rob Diggins, violin
Jolianne von Einem, violin
Warren Stewart, violoncello
David Tayler, theorbo
Hanneke van Proosdij, organ

Live Performance St. Gregory Nyssen Episcopal Church, San Francisco on September 24, 2004.


from Vanitas Vanitatem - Music of Carissimi's Rome, released November 1, 2004
Mark Lemaire & David Tayler, engineers. David Tayler, mastering & editing.


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