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Ricercate e Passaggi: improvisation and ornamentation, 1580-1630. (REP1-19)

This series will, when complete, contain almost all the examples of written out decorated parts from the great Italian diminution manuals of Dalla Casa, Bassano, Rognoni, Bovicelli, Spadi, Bonizzi etc. It includes the entire viola bastarda repertoire, in which the solo viola da gamba decorates different parts of a piece in turn, sometimes elaborating the soprano, then dropping down to the bass, and so on. A challenging but exciting repertoire.

If you are interested in learning how to decorate the music of around 1600, there is no better place to start than this series. Volume 11 contains no less than 9 different settings of a famous madrigal, Rore's Ancor che col partire. Another volume (7) consists of different versions of Lassus' Susanne un jour.

The series also includes the two collections of unaccompanied ricercars by Virgiliano and Bassano, which provide excellent practice material for early wind and stringed instruments.

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