These performances were recorded on three different organs in the United States during the 1980s and 1990s, and the works include Ricercar
a 6 (from Musikalisches Opfer BWV 1079) and the six "Schubler" Chorales.
tabulatura (1624) mit einer Choralbearbeitung von Johann Ulrich Steigleder, und drei unter dem Namen von Adam Steigleder uber-lieferten Stucken.
: keyboard music in Germany before Bach (PGM 101, rec 1994) Gavin Black uses a well-tempered tuning in which each key has a defined characteristic and is ideally suited to the repertory included on this disc.
2) the conception of the ricercar
as an exordium that, in its two primary species (one free, the other strict, as defined respectively in rhetorical writings by Aristotle and Cicero), correlate--it is argued--with the improvisatory ricercars
of Joan Ambrosio Dalza (1507-1511) and the imitative ones of Marco Antonio Cavazzoni (1523).
Some terminological clarification is necessary at this point: while the early vihuela tientos were chordal, improvisational preludes, the later tientos by Cabezon and other organ composers, as well as the organ fantasias by Santa Maria and those for vihuela by Fuenllana are imitative pieces akin to the Italian ricercar
In the excellent three-CD box Defense de la basse de viole contre les entreprises du violon et les pretentions du violoncelle (Ricercar
RIC 95005, rec 1993) Le Blanc's book has been used as an ingenious hook on which to hang a series of performances of French 18th-century music devoted to the three antagonists - the bass viol, the violin and the cello.
Bach's Fugue in G Major (BWV 577), Samuel Scheidt's Canzon Cornetto a 4, and a lovely ricercar
by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina.
To place Monteverdi in perspective a number of ensembles also focused on vocal and instrumental music by his contemporaries: Chiaroscuro on Marco da Gagliano, the Consort of Musicke on the prima and seconda prattica madrigal, Ensemble La Fenice on Casteflo, Frescobaldi and others, the Locke Consort and La Sfera Armoniosa on Ucceuini, Strozzi and Kapsberger, Ensemble Sonnerie on Fontana, Ensemble Rebel on Mantuan composers, Guy de Mey and the Ricercar
Consort on Monteverdi, Schiitz and Buxtehude ...
, Centre d'Etudes Supdrieures de la Renaissance, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Universite Francois-Rabelais, Tours, France.
936 A/708 A, Orchestre Philharmonique de Liege, Ricercar
RIG 023003 ; reiss ued as Ricercar
REC 8006 ).
Every music student who passes the required music history courses knows (or ought to know) something about the rise of the canzona and sonata in the late sixteenth century as well as the ensemble ricercar
. But the truth is that the greater part of this repertory is not well known, even to the specialists of the period.