A Gift of Madrigals and Motets, Volume 2: Transcription

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H. Colin Slim
University of Chicago Press, Sep 1, 1972 - Music - 459 pages
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Near the end of the third decade of the sixteenth century, a five-volume set of madrigal and motet partbooks was assembled in Florence and sent as a gift—or "musical embassy"—to the English court of Henry VIII. The manuscript set—minus the missing altus part—has been owned since 1935 by the Newberry Library in Chicago; but until H. Colin Slim's exhaustive efforts, no thorough study of the history or contents of the partbooks had been undertaken.

At first encounter, these partbooks yield no clues concerning their provenance, their composers' names, or the reasons for their dispatch to England. In his search for this information, Professor Slim used the musicologists' customary tools, namely, biobibliography, concordances, and textual and musical analysis. But he also used bibliographers' tools not always employed by musicologists: watermarks, bindings, script, orthography, and illuminations.

As a result of his efforts, the author was able to identify nearly all the works' composers and the manuscripts' expert illuminator. He also presents a detailed description of the binding process and the probably background of the scribe, places the political and social references in the works, and determines the route the volumes may have taken after they left Henry's library.

By placing the date of the partbooks' arrival in England around 1528, Professor Slim suggests that the musical culture of the early Tudor court was less French than has hitherto been thought. Indeed, the presence of the partbooks in Henry's library makes them the earliest evidence of the Italian madrigal in England. The author also provides new and significant data on the artistic and historical position of Philippe Verdelot, the partbooks' most extensively represented composer.
In Volume II, Professor Slim has transcribed the music of the thirty motets and thirty madrigals for modern performance. The parts are cantus, tenor, bassus, and quintus et VI; the altus partbook is missing. Concordant sources provide the altus parts for all but four of the motets and six of the madrigals. These ten have been composed by Professor Slim. Notes at the end of each selection provide variant readings for both music and text. The Latin texts of the motets, the Italian of the madrigals, and an English translation of each appear at the end of the volume.
 

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Contents

Introduction
MOTETS FOR FOUR VOICES
Quousque non reverteris pax
O clemens O pia virgo
11
Aspice Domine de sede sancta tua
24
Pater noster qui est in celis
29
Qui confidunt in Domino
36
Ascendens Christus
50
MADRIGALS FOR FOUR FIVE AND SIX VOICES
317
Con langelico riso
319
Deh quantè dolc amor
322
Donna leggiadr et bella
325
Amor io sento lalma
327
vostri acuti dardi
330
O dolce nocte
333
Quanta dolceca amore
336

Gaudeamus omnes in Domino
65
Congratulamini mihi omnes
72
Victime pascali laudes
82
Ad Dominum cum tribularer
92
Hesterna die
102
Ecce tu pulcra es
108
O Domine Jesu Criste
118
Joseph sancte
124
MOTETS FOR FIVE AND SIX VOICES
127
Si bona suscepimus
129
In te Domine speravi non confundar
140
O dulcissime Domine Jesu Criste
152
Ave gratia piena
166
Ave Regina celorum
173
Quare fremuerunt gentes
187
Ecce Dominus veniet
208
Recordare Domine
215
Salve Rex pater misericordie
224
Ego sum qui sum
238
Eripe me Domine
255
Da pacem Domine
265
Sancta Maria virgo virginum
270
Congregati sunt
280
Deus in nomine tuo
292
Nil maius superi vident
309
Se ben li occhi
338
Quanto sia lieto il giorno
341
Chi non fa prova amore
344
Sì suave è linghanno
347
Con lacrim et sospir
350
Madonna per voi ardo
353
Piove da li occhi
356
Ognun si duol damore
358
La bella donna
361
Afflicti spirti mei
364
Donna che sete
367
Lasso che se creduto
370
Dentral mio cor
373
Lietè madonna
376
Madonna qual certeca
379
Cortese alma gentile
382
Madonna io vamo et taccio
386
Altro non è el mio amor chel proprio inferno
392
Italia mia benchel parlar
398
Donna se fera stella
407
Pur troppo donna
413
Quando nascesti Amore?
418
Ultimi mei sospiri
425
Texts and Translations
433
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H. Colin Slim is Professor of Music at the University of California, Irvine.

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