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Balli (1620) - Score

By Kapsberger

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Composed by Kapsberger. Miscellaneous Music. Early Dance Music. Score. Published by London Pro Musica (MM.LPMDM20).

Item Number: MM.LPMDM20

This is one of the very few collections of dances for ensemble to be printed in Italy. Johann Hieronymus Kapsberger (c.1580-1651), the son of a German colonel, found fame mostly as a performer on and composer for, plucked instruments such as lute and chitarrone. In 1615 he published his only collections of ensemble instrumental music, the Libro Primo de Sinfonie and the collection printed here complete, the Libro Primo de Balli, Gagliardi et correnti a quattro voci. It consists of eight balli, each of which is in two parts, the uscita and the ballo proper, followed by six gagliardi and six correnti. It is reasonable to assume, given the circles in which Kapsberger moved, that these dances are of the court rather than of the populace.

About Early Dance Music

This series includes the best of ensemble Renaissance dance music, all of the monophonic medieval dance music, and a few 17th century collections. The first 3 volumes are complete editions of the two main sources for 16th century Italian dance music. Later volumes cover forms such as Hoftanz, and many other dances up to six instruments from the Hessen books of 1555.

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