15 Aug 2017

[Vocal Tuesday - Gramophone Awards 2017 Shortlist]

Have not been able to post frequently in the past two weeks for various reasons... Will make this DAILY again!

Continuing with the Shortlist, here is an album of Monteverdi madrigals from his Books 7 & 8, recorded live b...

22 Jul 2017

[Vocal Saturday]

Monteverdi's madrigals hold a special place in music history, they defined the early Baroque aesthetics, the stille moderno, and the stille concitato. Here is an example from his Book 8 of madrigals. If you like this music, a group of local young choral...

14 Jul 2017

[Vocal Saturday]

More Gesualdo! Here is another fine example of his mind-blowing harmonic language. 'Moro, lasso, al mio duolo' from his 6th book of madrigals. Look no further than the first two bars: C# major -> A minor...!

'I die, alas, in my suffering,

And she who coul...

10 Jul 2017


[Vocal Tuesday]

Carlo Gesualdo (c. 1561 - 1613) was a late Renaissance / early Baroque composer. The music in his sixth book of madrigals (1611) employed 'abrupt changes in texture' and chromaticism that 'is extensively unusual, and the harmonic language is so beyond t...

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This blog is a platform for me to share music of the 17th and 18th centuries on a daily basis. I do this out of my love for music from the period, and my passion for historically informed performances (HIP). 

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