Petrarca & Palestrina
For centuries, Petrarch’s sonnets were a source of inspiration for composers such as Willaert, De Rore and Conversi, whose work we’ll hear in this concert.
The latest addition to this tradition of Petrarch settings is three madrigals by Joop Voorn. Voorn has beautifully set three poems from the Canzone alla Vergine (Song to the Virgin Mary) to music. These madrigals all express the intimacy of Petrarch’s verse.
The programme further features Palestrina’s famous 1582 Missa O Magnum Mysterium. This is a so-called parody mass: a mass that incorporates the musical themes from an existing piece of music. Palestrina based the mass, in this case, on one of his own motets.
Joop Voorn (1932):
Girolamo Conversi (1571 - 1575):
Giovanni Gabrieli (c. 1554/1557 – 1612):
Cipriano de Rore (c.1515 - 1565):
L’alto signor dinanzi a cui non vale
Donec gratus eram tibi
Adrian Willaert (c.1490 - 1562):
Ove ch'i posi gli occhi - Amor e'l ver fur meco
Pien d'un vago pensier - Ben, s'io non erro
Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525-1594):
Missa O Magnum Mysterium