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Shop Greenway Music Press. Custom Hymnals. Sing A New Song. Email Sign-up. For Editors and Authors. About Permissions and Rental Parts. Catalogs PDF. Frequently Asked Questions. This edition is a set of two volumes, each sold separately. Settings of "Ardo si," Part 1. Add to Cart. This arrangement facilitated purely monodic performances by allowing the performers to read from the same page spread see Ex. Next we notice that, in contradistinction to the usual practice of scoring the two soprano parts in equal range, here the canto part lies consistently higher than the other four voice parts see Ex.
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The lute part itself generally follows the scoring of the lower four voices, but not slavishly. Significantly, it does not double the canto part. Of course, all of these characteristics are crucial to the performance of this work in the manner of accompanied monody. Einstein was quite enamored with this madrigal. It is not inferior to any monody by Caccini or Peri. Rossi frequently writes out the ornaments he expected from his singers. Perhaps the most striking ornamentation in this madrigal occurs in the very first phrase of the canto part.
The harmonic language here is relatively tame. In all three of these cases the expressive figures are found in the canto part exclusively. Cor mio, deh!
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My heart, please do not languish! For you will make my soul suffer with you. Hear the warm sighs sent to you desire, from compassion and desire. If I could save you by dying, I would die to give you life! But, ah! Dirmi che piu non ardo is clearly meant to be performed as a polyphonic work, exploiting contrasting combinations of vocal timbres in imitative texture. None of the characteristics of the monodic style is present here. There is no lute part, and the canto is an equal partner in the polyphonic fabric, often closely allied with the quinto, not separated by range and function, as was the case in Cor mio Ex.
The first phrase of this madrigal exhibits a dark brooding sound, produced by a trio of male voices. The texture is strictly homorhythmic, with suspensions appearing at the approach of the cadence. The graphic device of suggesting the image of the eye in the use of semibreaves whole notes — a convention of the time — is not always readily discernible in the transcription due to the modern barring.
This last section is then repeated, transposed up a fourth. In his last published composition, Rossi turned once again to the application of trio-sonata texture to the vocal medium. The twenty-five Madrigaletti of are scored for two and three voices with a figured basso continuo accompaniment. Here again, Rossi demonstrates that he is solidly in the modernist camp.
Monody was replacing polyphony in sacred music as well. In the Mantuan composer Lodovico Viadana had published the first collection of sacred monody. Rather we find now a mood guided by a light-hearted look at the amorous misadventures of Cupid. Real emotions are eschewed; the metaphor of mythology has detached the tale from reality. Per albergar sen venne Dentro il gelido core; Ma nel suo gelo algente Spense la face ardente. Onde fuggi, gridando: Ove avr loco, Se costei tutta ghiaccio e tutta foco.
The two soprano voices are nearly identical in range and function as equal partners in the texture, either in imitative counterpoint or in parallel thirds or sixths. At one point the second voice is altogether silent as the first soprano sings a solo phrase, seven bars in length.
The opening couplet, describing the innocent flight of Cupid, is set in disjunct motion, with a number of octave leaps to depict the flight. The texture is imitative, with the second voice entering a fifth lower after ten beats. After the opening chord of G major, the tonal center of C major is established, with a shift to the relative minor at the final cadence. At the downbeat of measure ten of the transcription the voices come together for the first unison and the first authentic cadence. This marks the first clear formal demarcation in the piece. The texture is again imitative; as in the first couplet, the voices do not come together until their unison at the end of the section.
Section three, encompassing the next two couplets of the poem, is set very differently. In only seven measures the first soprano, alone, dispenses with four lines of text in recitativo declamation. The section begins with a jarring tonal shift from G major to F major. The harmonies move relatively slowly, as befits a recitativo, ending with a half-cadence in A minor.
In contrast, the final section, set to the last couplet of the poem, encompasses eighteen bars, nearly half of the entire composition. Here the voices move in an alternation of parallel motion and playful imitation. Sacred Music In the publishing house of Bragadini in Venice issued a collection that was the first of its kind, and it was destined to remain unique for over two hundred years. This publication consisted of polyphonic settings by Salamone Rossi of thirty-three psalms and hymns. What made this collection so unique was the fact that these works were not Latin motets for the church, they were Hebrew motets for the synagogue.
In order to understand better the significance of this publication, we shall digress briefly to examine the nature and sources of seventeenth-century Italian synagogue music. After the Roman destruction of the Jewish kingdom in the first century of the common era, a large portion of the population was forced into exile. Surrounded by alien cultures, the Jews of the diaspora preserved as best they could the chants of their Mideastern homeland. The use of musical instruments in the synagogue was prohibited as a sign of mourning for the lost musical traditions of the great Temple that once stood in Jerusalem.
Furthermore, lest the ancient chanting modes become diluted, the Rabbis zealously guarded against the introduction of any Gentile elements into the sacred music of the synagogue. Thus, while polyphony was developing in the Western church, Jewish worship music remained basically monophonic, modal, improvised from a set of basic melodic formulas, and closely bound to the natural rhythms of the texts.
Cantors were most often laymen drawn from a congregation that was generally well-acquainted with the Hebrew liturgy and its music. Example 9 is a transcription of a chant which ma have been sung in a seventeenth-century Italian synagogue. While in the church polyphonic music had been evolving for more than four centuries, in the synagogue it was suddenly grafted onto a tradition that had maintained its monophonic nature for more than sixteen centuries. While this work represented a bold innovation for the synagogue, it did not differ greatly from the conventions of early Baroque music.
Like contemporary collections of sacred music, it contained a variety of liturgical forms. The thirty-three motets, set for from three to eight voice parts, include psalms, hymns and prayers for the Sabbath and holiday services or for concerts of sacred music and one wedding ode. Having virtually no precedent in the polyphonic setting of the synagogue liturgy, Rossi was free to borrow, alter or reject a wide variety of styles, Mideastern and Western. Wisely, he did not attempt to employ any of the musical characteristics of the ancient Jewish chants.
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Their oriental modality, rhythmic freedom and improvisatory nature would not have blended well with contemporary techniques of European polyphony. The synagogue could not accomplish overnight what had taken centuries to develop in the church. Instead, Rossi availed himself of the current styles of European art-music—sacred and secular—from stile antico polyphony to the nascent trends in monody, cori spezzati, and seconda prattica chromaticism.
Yet, on the other hand, the composer felt himself bound to certain traditions of the synagogue. In deference to the rabbinic prohibition against instrumental music in the synagogue, Rossi set the entire collection for unaccompanied chorus. Of course, it may be surmised that if performances took place outside of the synagogue, instruments might have been used to double the voices, as was a widespread practice of the time. Although there are no direct references to indicate whether the treble parts would have been sung by women or boys, we may assume the latter.
Like the Christian church fathers, the Rabbis did not allow mixed voices in the worship service. A reproduction of the title page of the alto part-book is given in the illustration on page The entire prefatory text is in Hebrew, with the exception of the name of the publisher which appears in Italian. The translation of the title page is as follows:.
Alto The Songs of Solomon Psalms, songs and hymns of praise which have been composed according to the science of music for three, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 voices by the honored master Salamone Rossi, may his Rock keep him and save him, a resident of the holy congregation of Mantua, to give thanks to the Lord, and to sing His most exalted name on all sacred occasions.
A new thing in the land. By the distinguished Lords Pietro and Lorenzo Bragadini. Example 10 shows a sample page of music from the tenor part-book.
Notice that the text underlying the notes is written in the original Hebrew characters, rather than in transliteration. This fact indicates not only that Rossi intended this music to be sung by members of the Jewisg congregation, but also that there was a sufficient number of musically literate Jewish vocalists in the Mantuan ghetto. However, the placing of the text did present a problem for the printer, since one reads Hebrew from right to left, wjereas the notation of the music, of course, runs from left to right.
His solution, in one of the first attempts to coordinate Hebrew text with printed music, was to align the first letter of each word with the last note to which it was set, leaving the singer to figure out how the notes and syllables should coincide.