C. Gesualdo, 3 madrigals from 1st Book (1594)

• Jul 17, 2011 - 01:49

Three 5-voice madrigals from First book of Madrigals by Carlo Gesualdo.

Gesualdo's First book was firstly published in 1594, but the main source actually used for this edition is an interesting print published by G. Pavoni (Genova, Italy) in 1613, which collects all Gesualdo's 5 part madrigals in score format, a format which, for vocal music, only since a few decades was gaining some diffusion beside the (then) standard format in separate part booklets.

The attached scores are mainly intended for instrumental execution -- to accommodate the study our viol consort is pursuing in instrumental execution of late Renaissance vocal music --, so the text is printed in very small size to reduce page turnings. On the other hand, separate parts (in the attached ZIP file) have a rather largish text size to ease 'vocal' phrasing and expression even when plaid with instruments.

It is still a work-in-progress: more proof-reading might be needed, ficta needs more analysis and edition criteria might evolve as more madrigals will be transcribed; however it may be considered reasonably complete and playable / singable. Any comment or suggestion will be welcome.

The scores have been created with the soon-to-be-released MuseScore version 1.1 and may have some glitches if open with previous versions (0.9.x or 1.0).



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