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Four Ricercari - Score and parts

By Segni da Modena

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Composed by Segni da Modena. Recorder Quartets. Italian Instrumental Music of the Renaissance. Score and Parts. Published by London Pro Musica (MM.LPMIM09).

Item Number: MM.LPMIM09

Giulio Segni, also known as Julius da Modena, was first organist at St. Marks, Venice from 1530 to 1533. An indication of the respect accorded to his music is the fact that several of them survive in intabulations for lute and keyboard. Certainly he shows a remarkable contrapuntal gift, and a special ability to compose melodies that unfold organically from a simple opening phrase, and which have exquisitely controlled climaxes. These pieces were originally published in Musica Nova /Accommodata. per cantar /et sonar sopra organi; et altri / strumenti. composta per diversi / eccellentissimi musici. . . , Venice, 1540. Of the 21 pieces in the collection more than half (13 in all) are by Giulio Segni, 3 are by Willaert/ with other pieces by Parabosco, Colin and Benoist. Only the bass part of Musica Nova has survived; however, all but two of the pieces were reprinted in Jacques Modernes Musicque de Joye, of c. 1545. - 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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