Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Going nuts over Tarquinio Merula

Proper Discord just posted this wonderful video of Maria (sopra la Carpinese) by Tarquinio Merula (c.1594-1665). If, like me, you want more, listen to this (the video is fuzzy, but the sound is clear once the music starts). La Lusignuola performed by the Flanders Recorder Quartet is another total Merula treat that you won't want to miss.

The Petrucci Library has some Merula, but it is all in original printed editions (yup, from the 17th century).


Lisa Hirsch said...

Ooo, thank you - fantastic stuff. I love the comparatively casual singing style. in Maria.

Elaine Fine said...

Of course those vocal harmonies are not Merula's: they are improvised by the singers; but that doesn't take anything away from the charm or the beauty.