Giovan Battista Ferrini - Harpsichord Works | Tactus TB600602

Giovan Battista Ferrini - Harpsichord Works


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Label: Tactus

Cat No: TB600602

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 31st March 2014



Our knowledge of seventeenth-century Italian keyboard music is based for the most part on the works of those few composers who were able at the time to have their compositions printed. But many other composers are mentioned in various other contemporary sources (literary, theoretical or musical) about whom the official history of keyboard music knows little or nothing.

These musicians left nothing printed, and often we know of them only from brief and scarce examples of their art in the manuscripts of the so-called ôtablaturesö for harpsichord and organ. Just such a figure is the Roman musician Giovan Battista Ferrini (about 1601-1674).

Better known to his contemporaries as 'Giovan Battista della spinetta', Ferrini may be considered as one of the most interesting Italian keyboard composers of the generation at work between Frescobaldi and Bernardo Pasquini. Testifying to this are the numerous laudatory references made to him by important musical theorists such as the composer Romano Micheli, the famous Jesuit Athanasius Kircher in his Musurgia universalis, and Giuseppe Ottavio Pitoni in his Guida armonica.

Track Listing:
1. Tastata per clavicembalo
2. Ballo di Mantova Primo, Secondo, Terzo
3. Trombetta
4. Corrente
5. Rotta
6. Passagalli
7. Aria di Fiorenza Prima, Seconda, Terza, Quarta
8. Corrente
9. Spagnoletta Prima, Spagnoletta Seconda
10. Ciaccone
11. Corrente
12. Passagalli
13. Balletto Primo, Balletto Secondo
14. Toccata
15. Corrente
16. Passagalli
17. Galiarda Prima, Galiarda Seconda
18. Toccata
From ms. Chigi Q. IV.25 - Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana [school of Girolamo Frescobaldi (1583-1643)]
19. Toccata Prima
20. Capriccio fatto sopra il Cucch¨
21. Toccata seconda
22. Partite sopra l'Aria di Fiorenza
23. Toccata Terza

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