Luzzasco Luzzaschi

Luzzasco Luzzaschi is most famed for his 5-part madrigals which were published in 7 books over the period 1571-1604, printed either in Ferrara, or in Venice. Luzzaschi served for many years in the Este court in Ferrara, eventually becoming the most important musician in the large musical establishment maintained by the Duke Alfonso II. He took charge of the duke's private musica da camera, a notable feature of which were performances by three virtuoso sopranos - the concerto delle donne.

The repertory performed by these three ladies was kept a closely guarded secret and has been dubbed musica secreta. It included, among other works, madrigals for two and three voices, some of which were probably composed by Luzzaschi.


Luz 1

Four Duets

for sopranos and continuo

vocal ranges:

1. b flat to e''flat
2. g to f''
3. b to e''
4. d' to a''

The transposed version of no. 2 has the range b to a''

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1. Stral pungente d'Amore
2. Deh vieni hor mai cor mio
3. Cor mio deh non languire
4."I' mi son giovinetta"

The duets of this present edition are taken from a collection of madrigals by Luzzaschi, printed in 1601, Madrigali.... per cantare e sonare a uno, e doi, e tre soprani, Roma, 1601. It is clear from the composer's dedication of the volume to the Cardinal Aldobrandini, that he intended it as a posthumous homage to the "rare and singular" music of the court before Alfonso's death (in 1597), and in which he claims that he played an important part.

Some if not all of these works may have been composed for the concerto delle donne, andformed part of the musica secreta. This would explain their being held back from publication until the duke's private concerts ceased to be held. Their eventual publication in Rome may have been secured during Luzzaschi's visit to Rome in 1601, where he went as part of the Cardinal's retinue.

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VC 6

O dolcezze amarissime d'Amore

Madrigale a 3 soprani

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VC 7

Troppo ben pùo

Madrigale a 3 soprani

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VC 8

T'amo mia vita

Madrigale a 3 soprani

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VC 9

Non sà che sia dolore

Madrigale a 3 soprani

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VC 10

Occhi del pianto mio

Madrigale a 3 soprani

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