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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