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Ora mai sono in età

1vv; contrafactum of Hora mai che fora son'
author of text
stanzas 1 & 2 of 7

In Hora mai che fora son’ a young woman exults after escaping the convent and discarding her habit. The music reappeared with a different text in Florence by the 1470s, when Feo Belcari used it for his lauda Ora mai sono in età. Belcari reversed the meaning of the original song: now the singer is eager to take religious vows and don the habit. In the 1480s and ’90s the friar Girolamo Savonarola fostered the singing of this lauda.

Savonarola arrived in Florence in the early 1480s, and there became acquainted with the rich Florentine culture of lauda-singing. He responded by writing his own lauda texts, and copied them—along with passages of scripture and sermon notes—in a book for his personal use. He also wrote out the musical notation for just the melody of a single lauda, Belcari’s Ora mai sono in età, and this is the only example of such notation from his hand. The friar must have been attracted by Belcari’s message; the singers express their desire to enter religious life so that they can spend their days praising God by reciting psalms and singing laudas. This accords with Savonarola’s influence in the 1490s, when many young Florentine men and women entered the Dominican order.

from notes by Patrick Macey © 2022


The Florentine Renaissance
CDA68349 Available Friday 7 January 2022


Track 18 on CDA68349 [2'44] Available Friday 7 January 2022

Track-specific metadata for CDA68349 track 18

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 18
    Release date: 7 January 2022
    Available Friday 7 January 2022
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