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Viva, viva in nostro core

3vv; contrafactum of Viva, viva la ragione
author of text
stanzas 1 & 4 of 5

By early 1496 the friar Girolamo Savonarola had engineered a ban on Carnival festivities and songs during the season before Lent; in their place he substituted processions of boys singing laudas. In 1497 the new observances culminated in the notorious ‘bonfire of vanities’. The populist friar and his followers proclaimed Christ as king of Florence, and several laudas use versions of the phrase ‘Viva Cristo’. One of these is Viva, viva in nostro core, which takes over the music of the Carnival song Viva, viva la ragione. The lyrics are overtly political and call for Christ to combat Pharaoh, an apparent reference to Pope Alexander VI (Borgia). In late 1495 the Pope had ordered the friar to cease preaching, but the defiant sermons continued. A sentence of excommunication finally followed in May 1497. In spring 1498 the friar was arrested and charged with heresy; he confessed under torture that his prophecies had not come from God, and he was executed in May.

from notes by Patrick Macey © 2022


The Florentine Renaissance
CDA68349 Available Friday 7 January 2022


Track 20 on CDA68349 [2'28] Available Friday 7 January 2022

Track-specific metadata for CDA68349 track 20

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 20
    Release date: 7 January 2022
    Available Friday 7 January 2022
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