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7 Fantasies (1592) - Score

By Buona

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SST/AAT recorders; or 2 violins, viola
Composed by Buona. Recorder Trios, String Trios. Italian Instrumental Music of the Renaissance. Score. Published by London Pro Musica (MM.LPMIM07).

Item Number: MM.LPMIM07

Little is known of the life of Valerio Buona. He was born in Brescia, and at some stage became a Franciscan. Around 1590 he was maestro di cappella at the cathedral at Vercelli; in 1596 he was working in Milan. In 1611 he returned to Brescia, only to move on to Verona three years later. He had at least eight volumes of church music published, in Milan from 1590 to 1594, and in Venice between 1600 and 1619. It is likely that at least six collections of his secular pieces were published. The most striking feature of these pieces is the unusual layout of the parts, with the two upper parts sharing the same range, and with a substantial gap of about an octave between these and the lowest part. In fact this kind of texture was absolutely typical of the canzonette of the time (including the eighteen that Buona printed in his 1592 book) and the apparent anomaly of the present pieces is simply a case of the composer having transferred a texture that was perfectly normal in vocal pieces to purely instrumental music in which it was relatively uncommon. - BT.

About Italian Instrumental Music of the Renaissance

These pieces are primarily for 2 or 3 instruments. Playable on recorders, viols - and some on crumhorns. Primarily available with just score - although later editions include parts.

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