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Savonarola rose to dominance in Florence’s political life after Lorenzo il Magnifico’s death in 1492. When the French army passed through Florence in late 1494, Lorenzo’s son Piero quickly ceded several strategic fortresses, and this so angered the citizens that they expelled the Medici. The friar filled the political vacuum by preaching fiery sermons in the cathedral, urging religious, social and political reforms. In addition to his prophecy-laden sermons, he gained credibility from the populace by taming the unruly boys of the city and gathering them into the cathedral before his sermons. Hundreds of boys would stand on wooden risers in the nave and sing laudas before the friar began preaching. In August 1496 the pharmacist Luca Landucci wrote in his diary that ‘there was such a feeling of grace in that church, and such sweetness in hearing those boys sing … that it did not appear to be something done by boys … Truly the church was full of angels.’ Landucci likely heard the boys sing Che fai qui core?, along with other laudas.
from notes by Patrick Macey © 2022