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The concert opens with an ancient hymn, Oh Roma Nobilis, which pilgrims intoned on arriving in Rome after a very long journey, to sing of its marvelous beauty in an ancestral thanksgiving to the greatness of the cosmos.

This alternation of solo singing and polyphony, of individual and collective have given way to sound and thought for many centuries.

The song of one then becomes the song of many, and the program continues with the polyphonies of Gaspar Van Weerbeke, Giuliano Buonaugurio, Girolamo Frescobaldi , and Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, who with equal importance to each voice represent to us a just universe, without overpowering and in which everything contributes to life and harmony.

The last part of the concert is entrusted to the poetry of Marchetto Cara, Andrea Antico, Bartolomeo Tromboncino , and Giovanni Girolamo Kapsberger, which runs through sumptuous palaces with large fireplaces and frescoed vaults: here man sings and tells his story, representing nature and himself as never before.

This concludes the concert, leaving us in a magical, suspended atmosphere to resume the path of humanity that has never stopped searching for beauty.


Anonymous 14th Sec – Oh Roma Nobilis

Gaspar Van Weerbeke (ca 1455 – post 1517) – Tenebrae Factae Sunt

Giuseppino Cenci, or Del Biado (? – Rome? 1616) – Fuggi, fuggi da questo cielo (Flee, flee from this sky).

Buonaugurio Giuliano, known as Tiburtino (Tivoli f.sec.XIV- Rome 1569) – Fantasia sopra La Sol Fa Mi Fa Re LA

Bartolomeo Tromboncino (Verona, ca 1470- Venice ? post 1535) – Ostinato vo’ seguire

Girolamo Frescobaldi (Ferrara, 1583 – Rome, 1643

Toccata before the Sunday Mass (Musical Flowers, 1635)

Toccata before the Mass of the Apostles (Musical Flowers, 1635)

Marchetto Cara (Verona, ca 1470 – Mantua, ca 1525) – Come Che’l bianco Cigno

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (Palestrina, 1525 – Rome, 1594) – Ricercare sul IV° thunder

Giovanni Girolamo Kapsberger (Venice, 1580 – Rome, 1651) – Ballo IV°-Gagliarda-Corrente-Ballo

Anonymous 15th Century – A Cavalier of Spain

Andrea Antico (Motovun, 1470/1480 – ca1540) – Don’t Stay in this Valley.