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O Mio Cor from Arie Musicali per cantarsi

Girolamo Frescobaldi (b. 1583 - d. 1643)

Cristina Zavalloni (photo credit: Maki Galimberti)

Cristina Zavalloni (photo credit: Maki Galimberti)

Composer
Girolamo Frescobaldi (b. 1583 - d. 1643)
Composition Year
1628
Artists
Joanna Boślak-Górniok [harpsichord], Dohyo Sol [theorbo], Kate Hearne [recorder & cello], Cristina Zavalloni [soprano]

Programme Note Writer:
© Kate Hearne

In 1628, after several highly successful years as organist at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, Frescobaldi upped his whole family and moved to Florence. It is suspected that it was at the wish of Ferdinand II, Grand Duke of Tuscany, who had travelled to Rome to hear Frescobaldi play earlier that year. It was while in Florence that Frescobaldi wrote and published his two volumes of vocal music entitled Arie Musicali per cantarsi, which he dedicated to the Duke, and from which today’s songs are taken. Although Frescobaldi’s renown as a composer primarily stems from his influential and substantial works for keyboard instruments, there are never the less some small gems to be found among his vocal compositions, which show Frescobaldi’s obvious talent in the dramatic aspects of writing for the voice. Despite the carefree strophic melody, O mio cor is a plaintive farewell bidding to a lover, carefully structured so as to avoid the possibility of an emotional outburst on behalf of the betrayed.

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O Mio Cor from Arie Musicali per cantarsi

Composer: Girolamo Frescobaldi (b. 1583 - d. 1643)
Performance date: Sunday 1st July 2012
Venue: St. Brendan's Church, Bantry, Co Cork, Ireland

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Composer Girolamo Frescobaldi (b. 1583 - d. 1643)
Work Title O Mio Cor from Arie Musicali per cantarsi
Composition Year 1628
Language Italian
Artist(s) Joanna Boślak-Górniok [harpsichord], Dohyo Sol [theorbo], Kate Hearne [recorder & cello], Cristina Zavalloni [soprano]
Performance Date Sunday 1st July 2012
Performance Venue St. Brendan's Church, Bantry, Co Cork, Ireland
Event Coffee Concert
Duration 00:02:55
Recording Engineer Anton Timoney, RTÉ lyric fm
Instrumentation Category Small Mixed Ensemble
Instrumentation Mez-solo, rec vc, lu, hpd
Programme Note Writer © Kate Hearne

In 1628, after several highly successful years as organist at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, Frescobaldi upped his whole family and moved to Florence. It is suspected that it was at the wish of Ferdinand II, Grand Duke of Tuscany, who had travelled to Rome to hear Frescobaldi play earlier that year. It was while in Florence that Frescobaldi wrote and published his two volumes of vocal music entitled Arie Musicali per cantarsi, which he dedicated to the Duke, and from which today’s songs are taken. Although Frescobaldi’s renown as a composer primarily stems from his influential and substantial works for keyboard instruments, there are never the less some small gems to be found among his vocal compositions, which show Frescobaldi’s obvious talent in the dramatic aspects of writing for the voice. Despite the carefree strophic melody, O mio cor is a plaintive farewell bidding to a lover, carefully structured so as to avoid the possibility of an emotional outburst on behalf of the betrayed.