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Aria di Ciaconna – Su la cetra amorosa Libra terzo Op.12

Tarquinio Merula (b. 1595 - d. 1665)

Maria Keohane (photo credit: Göran Persson)

Maria Keohane (photo credit: Göran Persson)

Composer
Tarquinio Merula (b. 1595 - d. 1665)
Composition Year
1637
Artists
Fredrik Bock [lute], Kate Hearne [cello], Maria Keohane [soprano]

Programme Note Writer:
© Francis Humphrys

Tarquinio Merula was born in Cremona and led a life almost as restless and cosmopolitan as Vivaldi. He held posts all over Northern Italy and even as far afield as Warsaw. He was often in trouble which may explain his many different postings. He eventually settled back in Cremona in 1646. He was highly regarded for both his instrumental and his vocal music. His style combines dense harmony with an expansive vocal treatment and he was especially original in his synthesis of vocal and instrumental forms.

The early seventeenth century saw the development of recitar cantando, where the vpoice was not hindered by contrapuntal obligation to other parts as in the polyphonic music of the late sixteenth century. Instead, the solo voice accompanied by a bass line was free to declaim the text according to spoken accents, speeding up and slowing down in response to the demands of the text.

And so, in Su la cetra amorosa, the singer declaims how once again she is going to do battle with the pitiless archer, Amor. Despite her disastrous campaigns in the past, where she has many times already died of love she prepares once more to enter the fray. This delightful conceit is developed with great ingenuity and sings such sweet songs.

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Aria di Ciaconna – Su la cetra amorosa Libra terzo Op.12

Composer: Tarquinio Merula (b. 1595 - d. 1665)
Performance date: Sunday 29th June 2014
Venue: St. Brendan's Church, Bantry, Co Cork, Ireland

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Composer Tarquinio Merula (b. 1595 - d. 1665)
Work Title Aria di Ciaconna – Su la cetra amorosa Libra terzo Op.12
Composition Year 1637
Artist(s) Fredrik Bock [lute], Kate Hearne [cello], Maria Keohane [soprano]
Performance Date Sunday 29th June 2014
Performance Venue St. Brendan's Church, Bantry, Co Cork, Ireland
Event Coffee Concert
Duration 00:09:07
Recording Engineer Richard McCullough, RTE
Instrumentation Category Small Mixed Ensemble
Instrumentation S-solo, vc, lu
Programme Note Writer © Francis Humphrys

Tarquinio Merula was born in Cremona and led a life almost as restless and cosmopolitan as Vivaldi. He held posts all over Northern Italy and even as far afield as Warsaw. He was often in trouble which may explain his many different postings. He eventually settled back in Cremona in 1646. He was highly regarded for both his instrumental and his vocal music. His style combines dense harmony with an expansive vocal treatment and he was especially original in his synthesis of vocal and instrumental forms.

The early seventeenth century saw the development of recitar cantando, where the vpoice was not hindered by contrapuntal obligation to other parts as in the polyphonic music of the late sixteenth century. Instead, the solo voice accompanied by a bass line was free to declaim the text according to spoken accents, speeding up and slowing down in response to the demands of the text.

And so, in Su la cetra amorosa, the singer declaims how once again she is going to do battle with the pitiless archer, Amor. Despite her disastrous campaigns in the past, where she has many times already died of love she prepares once more to enter the fray. This delightful conceit is developed with great ingenuity and sings such sweet songs.