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secret of the Muse

This CD features two of the foremost American performers today, Annalisa Pappano and Joanna Blendulf, with the glorious, refined music of the last great aristocracy. They are joined by David Walker (archlute & theorbo) and Youngmi Kim (soprano).

They perform French Baroque music from its most rarified period:  compositions and arrangements for pardessus de viole. Considered a “ladies’ instrument,” and played by the Princesses of the royal family, the pardessus was intensely popular in France during the waning decades of the ancien régime. $15.00 plus shipping.

This recording was made possible through the generous support of Gregg Hill and Linda Holmberg.

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  • Produced, edited, and engineered by John Hadden
  • Recorded February 2014 at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Terrace Park, Ohio
  • Instruments used in this recording:
  • Guersan, Pardessus de viole, Paris, France, 1754
  • Dominik Zuchowicz, Pardessus de viole, Ottawa, Canada, 2001
  • Klaus Jacobsen, Theorbo, London, England, 2005
  • Cezar Mateus, Archlute, Monmouth Junction, New Jersey, USA, 2008

  1. Ouverture de Pigmalion
  2. Allegro ma non troppo
  3. Adagio
  4. Aria Gracioso
  5. Vivace
  6. Air de Zémire et Azor: La fauvette
  7. Ariette Italienne de La Serva Padrona
  8. Ariette Italienne de La Serva Padrona
  9. Duo Italien de La Serva Padrona
  10. Air de l’Amitié  à l’épreuve: Du Dieu d’amour
  11. Largo
  12. Allegro assai
  13. Minuetto Grazioso
  14. Menuet
  15. Rondeau Gracieux
  16. Maestoso
  17. Presto
  18. Air de Sauvages
  19. Air de Toinon et Toinette: Quand un barbon
  20. Muséte de Choisi — Muséte de Taverni

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Music for Treble Viol and Lute

Annalisa Pappano, Treble viola da gamba
Ronn McFarlane, Lute Improvisation

With this CD you will be transported to the world of Renaissance jazz, through the practice of 16th-century improvisation and diminution. People often think of 20th-century jazz as the birth of creative free-form improvisation in music. Actually, this was happening hundreds of years ago with instrumentalists and singers alike, where the musician and composer were partners in musical creation.

Due to the extreme difficulty of the instrument and this repertory, there are currently no other solo recordings available of this repertory on the treble viol.

Experience this unique, idiosyncratic expression of uncommon music. $15.00 plus shipping.

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In the 16th-century, the composer provided a framework, a musical skeleton with clues that were idiomatic to a shared artistic language. The musician knew when and where to add accidentals (ficta). The performer also had an understanding of text underlay. Instrumentation was up to the performer as well.

Dynamics (loud and soft), articulations (smooth and soft notes), and other musical decisions were also left to the performer. Most importantly, musicians improvised by adding musical material.

  • Ung gay bergier (2 versions) Giovanni Bassano (1584) after Crecquillon Richardo Rogniono (1592)
  • Frais et gaillard Giovanni Bassano (1584) after Clemens non Papa
  • Oncques amour Thomas Crecquillon (c. 1505-c. 1557) Giovanni Basssano (1553) after Thomas Crecquillon
  • Ancor che col partire Giovanni Battista Bovicelli (c.1550) after Cipriano de Rore
  • Ancor che col partire/Angelus ad pastores
  • A Division Anonymous
  • Susanne ung jour Giovanni Bassano (1584) after Roland de Lassus
  • Vestiva i colli Francesco Rognioni Taeggio (fl. 1600)
  • Vestiva i colli Bartolomeo de Selma e Salaverde (c. 1580-1640)
  • Robin is to the greenwood gone Anonymous
  • From Tratado de Glosas Diego Ortiz (1553)
  • Recercada Quinta Diego Ortiz (1553)
  • Recercada Segunda sopra “Dulce Memoire” Diego Ortiz (1553)