Cipriano de Rore: Madigals and Secular motets

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Program: #09-21   Air Date: May 18, 2009

Born in Ronse of a Francophone father and Flemish mother, Cipiriano (like Giaches de Wert) brought the Flemish musical genius to Italy.

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Cipriano de Rore (1516-1565):
Madrigals and Secular motets


I. Cipriano de Rore: Il quinto libro di madrigali, 1568 (The Consort of Musicke/Anthony Rooley) Musica Oscura/Columns CD 070991

--Mentre, lumi maggior ("O brightest luminaries of our age")--Written to celebrate the meeting in Brussels in 1560 between Rore's patron Ottavio Farnese and his consort Margaret of Parma, regent of the Netherlands.
--De la belle contrade d'oriente ("From the fair regions of the East")
--Se com'il biondo crin de la mia Filli ("If, like the gol,den tresses of my Phyllis")
--Vaghi pensieri ("Joyful thoughts, that while the sky was...kindly and serene")
--Alma Susanna ("Noble Susanna, happy is the heart that burns with love for you")
--Qualhor rivolgo ("Whenever I direct my lowly thoughts, Lord, to Thee on high")

II. Le Chant de Virgile: Classical Poetry in Renaissance Music (Huelgas Ensemble/Paul Van Nevel) Harmonia Mundi CD HMC 901739

--CIPRIANO/Virgil: O socii, neque enim ("Endure, and conquer; Jove will soon dispose to future good our past and present woes")--Publicus Vergilius Maro--Aeneid, Book I, v.198-208
--CIPRIANO/Horace: Donec gratus eram tibi ("When I was dear to you, and no more favored rival put his arms around your snowy neck")--Quintus Horatius Flaccus, Odes, Book 3, v.9


III. Cipriano de Rore: Il quinto libro di madrigali, 1568 (The Consort of Musicke/Anthony Rooley) Musica Oscura/Columns CD 070991

--O santo fior felice ("O blest and happy flower")
--O voi che sotto l'amorose insegne ("O you, fighting beneath love's banners")
--Alma real, se come fida stella ("Royal lady, like the faithful star")--Cipriano's homage to Margaret of Parma for her Dec. 28th birthday--the journey of the Magi is invoked
--Convien ch'ovunque sia ("Wherever it may be, a gentle heart should be courteous")
--Da l'strem'orizonte ("From the furthest unceasing wind blows tidings of a propitious fault")--The "fault" was the Count of Egmont's advance on the French lines that, while unauthorized, brought an unlikely victory to Philip II of Spain

Composer Info

Cipriano de Rore (1516-1565)

CD Info

Musica Oscura/Columns CD 070991, Harmonia Mundi CD HMC 901739, Musica Oscura/Columns CD 070991

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