|First Publication||1590 in Dialoghi Musicali de Diversi Eccellentissimi Autori|
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|Work Title||Aria della Battaglia a 8|
|Alternative. Title||Aria della Battaglia per sonar d'istrumenti da Fiato a 8|
|First Publication.||1590 in Dialoghi Musicali de Diversi Eccellentissimi Autori|
|Average DurationAvg. Duration||6 minutes|
|Composer Time PeriodComp. Period||Renaissance|
This piece was a reworking of a vocal work by Matthias Werrecore which describes the victory by Duke Sforza over the French at Bicocca in 1522. The Italian term battaglia is the translation given for the term Guerre in French, which was used in Clement Jannequin's chanson La Guerre, a most successful piece of the time that gave rise to many imitations.
The Aria della Battaglia is an eight-part canzona in two sections. No indication for the instruments is given in the original partbooks; a contemporary account records a performance by eight tromboni, eight viole da arco, eight grandi flauti, one strumento da penna, one lute, and voices.