Ruggiero, Op.12 No.18 (Merula, Tarquinio)
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Edition tempora mutantur 1216
|Opus/Catalogue Number||Op.12 No.18|
|First Publication||1637 in Canzoni overo sonate concertate per chiesa e camera, Op.12 (No.18)|
|Instrumentation||2 violins, violone, continuo|
- Grove Music defines a ruggiero as "A characteristic harmonic bass line popular in Italy in the late 16th century and the 17th, chiefly as the basis of sets of instrumental variations . . ." [there is a] "theory that the name derives from the first word of a stanza of Ariosto's epic poem Orlando furioso, ‘Ruggier, qual sempre fui’. The Ruggiero eventually became standardized as a type of ground bass for songs and dances."