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Canto de' profumi

First line:
Sian galanti di Valenza
3vv; attributed to Heinrich Isaac (c1450-1517)
possible composer
author of text
stanzas 1 & 7 of 7

Dozens of texts for Florentine Carnival songs survive, and musical settings are extant for many of them. The most important source is a manuscript copied around 1515, now in the Biblioteca Nazionale in Florence (Banco rari 230). Isaac is well represented in the manuscript with a variety of songs. The last section preserves five Carnival songs on texts by Lorenzo de’ Medici, but none provide an attribution to a composer. Unfortunately, various voice parts are missing due to the removal of several leaves. Only the superius part survives for Lorenzo’s 'song of the perfume makers', but luckily all three parts are preserved in a lauda anthology printed in 1563.

from notes by Patrick Macey © 2022


The Florentine Renaissance
CDA68349 Available Friday 7 January 2022


Track 9 on CDA68349 [2'19] Available Friday 7 January 2022

Track-specific metadata for CDA68349 track 9

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 9
    Release date: 7 January 2022
    Available Friday 7 January 2022
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