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The effects of good government (fresco fragment, 1337-1340) by Ambrogio Lorenzetti (d1348)
Palazzo Pubblico, Siena
Track(s) taken from CDH55148
Recording details: March 1987
St John-at-Hackney, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Robert van Bahr
Engineered by Robert van Bahr
Release date: November 1990
Total duration: 8 minutes 16 seconds

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Planctus ante nescia
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Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The planctus or ‘complaint’ is a non-liturgical, devotional song which belongs to that large genre of musico-poetic composition known as the ‘sequence’, in which each stanza divides in half, marked by rhyme, and is sung to a repetition of the same music. Each new stanza normally receives new music, so the piece is in fact through-composed. Music was frequently re-used with different texts (contrafacta) and this planctus also exists, somewhat abbreviated, in both Middle English and Norman French versions. The monodic original is here accompanied by a second, improvised voice functioning essentially as a drone.

from notes by Paul Hillier © 1990

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