Monday, May 13, 2013
Remember when I went looking for information on the repertoire for the Concerto delle Donne? I then got distracted by home buying, but it has been at the back of my mind. Today someone in the ever helpful Elizabethan Costuming group on Facebook posted a link to the Petrucci Music Library. It is chock full of public domain scores and can be searched by genre, instrumentation, time period, composer, melody and several other ways. I'm having far too much fun!
I went looking at the major composers associated with the group. So far I've turned up several compositions by Luzzasco Luzzashi. None of the vocal pieces, but I'm fiddling with a round for 5 recorders which looks like fun. I'm almost overwhelmed by all that is available from Carlo Gesualdo. There are 5 complete books of madrigals and part of a 6th. Luca Marenzio also has an extensive collection (55 pages.) I haven't gone past that yet. I'm going to be humming and playing along on the recorder and fiddling with these for some time to come as I see what I like.