Calami Sonum ferentes (Rore, Cipriano de)




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Editor Charles Burney (1726-1814)
Publisher. Info. A General History of Music, Vol.III (pp.319-20)
London: For the author, 1789.
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Work Title Calami Sonum ferentes
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Composer Rore, Cipriano de
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. ICR 6
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 2 sections
First Publication. 1555 in Antwerp: Susato
Librettist Giovan Battista Pigna (1529-1575)
Language Latin
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Renaissance
Piece Style Renaissance
Instrumentation 4 voices

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  • Classifying this work is difficult -- though in Latin, it is secular in content. Grove Music says that it was one of "three compositions concerning the unauthorized departure of Prince Alfonso for France in 1552", so it classifies this merely as a "Secular Latin" composition, and not as a madrigal. However, Bernhard Meier included it in a collection of motets (Rome: American Institute of Musicology, 1975). One RISM entry classifies it as a madrigal, but another RISM entry classifies it merely as a song. For now, this is tagged as both a madrigal and a motet.
  • Possibly first published in 'Le quatoirsiesme Livre a quatre parties contenant dix huyct chansons italiennes etc. par Rolando di Lassus Nouvellement Imprime en Anuers par Tylmä Suato Imprimeur de Musique, 1 an, 1555.