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Ohimè, dov'è il mio ben, dov'è il mio core?, SV140
Madrigals, Book 7
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'Monteverdi: Madrigals of Love and Loss' (CDA68019)
Monteverdi: Madrigals of Love and Loss
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Ohimè, dov'è il mio ben, dov'è il mio core?, SV140
A heartfelt sense of loss is conveyed in the poem Ohimè, dov’è il mio ben, dov’è il mio core? by Bernardo Tasso, father of the more famous Torquato. Tasso was a diplomat, and this is one of the stanze di lontananza written when he was parted from his wife by the call of duty. Monteverdi set this stanza, an eight-line text (ottava rima), as four variations for two voices over the so-called Romanesca bass, one of several such basses used in the sixteenth century for improvising musical settings of ottave. Each variation sets a pair of lines.

Ohimè, dov’è il mio ben was published in Monteverdi’s Seventh Book, which contains many other solos, duets and trios, smaller textures made possible by the inclusion of an independent instrumental accompaniment improvised from a single bass line.

from notes by John Whenham © 2014

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Details for CDA68019 track 7
Recording date
15 March 2013
Recording venue
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Adrian Peacock
Recording engineer
David Hinitt & Robert Cammidge
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  1. Monteverdi: Madrigals of Love and Loss (CDA68019)
    Disc 1 Track 7
    Release date: February 2014
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