Il Trionfo di Dori (Venezia, 1592)
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Cat No: TC590003
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 6th January 2014
ArtistsGruppo Vocale Arsi & Tesi
1592 was the year in which Il Trionfo di Dori was printed. The dedicatee, Leonardo Sanudo, a Venetian nobleman belonging to one of the most ancient families of that city, had asked twenty-nine authors to compose a poem, then had asked twenty-nine musicians to compose a madrigal on each of those texts.
The cultural operation carried out with Il Trionfo was characterised by an unusual relationship between the figures that typically took part in publishing activities - patron, poet, composer, printer - who normally, though interacting, worked independently: here, as in other similar projects, Sanudo also involved a network of friendships with aristocratic amateur poets and musicians.
This collection of madrigals is characterised by several aspects that must have made its preparation particularly laborious: it was ordered for a specific event; it was assembled in two chronologically different stages (first the poems, then the madrigals); and each piece, as we have already mentioned, was entrusted to a different poet and a different composer.
Il Trionfo di Dori, which is set in Arcadia - the place of the golden age, a sort of pagan earthly paradise - describes several idyllic scenes, in which a mythical past is merged with a peaceful pastoral world. Each piece is closed by the words “Viva la bella Dori!” (“Long live fair Dori!”) - almost a greeting to the bride - and this is the element that unifies the collection. Dori, the lovely sea nymph, daughter to Ocean in classical mythology, is the name that hints at the woman to whom the work was dedicated, Elisabetta Giustinian.
1. Giovanni Croce: Ove tra l’herbe e i fiori
2. Orazio Colombani: All’apparir di Dori
3. Orazio Vecchi: Hor ch’ogni vento tace
4. Giovanni Gabrieli: Se cantano gli augelli
5. Alfonso Preti: Ninfe a danzar venite
6. Luca Marenzio: Leggiadre ninfe e pastorelli amanti
7. Giovanni de Macque: Vaghe ninfe selvagge
8. Ippolito Baccusi: Un giorno a Pale sacro
9. Giovanni Cavaccio: Giunta qui Dori
10. Annibale Stabile: Nel tempo che ritorna Zefiro
11. Paolo Bozzi: All’ombra d’un bel faggio
12. Tiburtio Massaino: Su le fiorite sponde
13. Giovanni Matteo Asola: In una verde piaggia
14. Giulio Eremita: Smeraldi eran le rive
15. Philippe de Monte: Lungo le chiare linfe
16. Ippolito Sabino: Dove sorge piacevole
17. Pietro Andrea Bonini: Quando lieta vezzosa
18. Alessandro Striggio: Eran ninfe e pastori
19. Giovanni Florio: Più trasparente velo
20. Leone Leoni: Di pastorali accenti
21. Felice Anerio: Sotto l’ombroso speco
22. Gasparo Zerto: L’inargentato lido
23. Ruggero Giovannelli: Quand’apparisti o vag’o amata Dori
24. Gasparo Costa: Mentr’a quest’ombr’intorno
25. Lelio Bertani: Dori a quest’ombre è l’aura
26. Lodovico Balbi: Mentre pastori e ninfe
27. Giovanni Giacomo Gastoldi: Al mormorar de’ liquidi cristalli
28. Costanzo Porta: Da lo spuntar de’ matutini albori
29. Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina: Quando dal terzo cielo
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