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Vanne mio core 'Pour prison'

author of text
stanzas 1 & 2 of 3

The lauda is a religious song with texts that praise the Blessed Virgin or exhort the singer to turn away from sin. An important venue for lauda performance was the cantoria (organ loft), and in Florence one could hear laudas sung by a boy treble with organ accompaniment. The practice is documented in the church of Santissima Annunziata, which was central to Florence’s devotional life and attracted pilgrims from far and wide for the healing powers of its miraculous painted image of the Annunciation. The cathedral of Florence was graced with two organ lofts featuring sculpted panels by Luca della Robbia and Donatello that depict children singing, dancing and playing instruments. These small lofts can accommodate only a few people, not a full choir of singers.

Two laudas, one each with music from a chanson by Dufay and Binchois, illustrate the style of performance with a boy treble. Here two untexted supporting voices substitute for the organ. Hundreds of lauda texts were written in Florence by Feo Belcari, and they often bear the instruction cantasi come (‘sing this like’) followed by the title of a secular song. For Belcari’s lauda Vanne mio core the instruction is ‘sing this like Va t’en mon cueur and like Pour prison’, so one could choose the music of one of the indicated chansons by Dufay or by Binchois. Piero de’ Medici’s songbook from the 1440s included Binchois’s Pour prison, and it is likely that within the next decade or two Florentines heard Belcari’s lauda sung to the music of both Binchois and Dufay.

from notes by Patrick Macey © 2022


The Florentine Renaissance
CDA68349 Available Friday 7 January 2022


Track 5 on CDA68349 [2'36] Available Friday 7 January 2022

Track-specific metadata for CDA68349 track 5

Recording date
9 January 2020
Recording venue
Parish Church of St John the Baptist, Loughton, Essex, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Ben Connellan
Hyperion usage
  1. The Florentine Renaissance (CDA68349)
    Disc 1 Track 5
    Release date: 7 January 2022
    Available Friday 7 January 2022
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