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Being a weeklie podcaste from Madison, Wisconsin featuring several remarkable curiosities therein occurring being a compendium of live music from divers artistes

Show #184: Buonamente and Early Music

July 11th, 2009

The Madison Early Music Festival starts today. This year music is combined with the 2009 International Year of Astronomy and “will explore the works of music and the arts that were inspired by scientific discovery that had a tremendous impact on culture and civilization.”

oae Show #184: Buonamente and Early Music

(Photo from Intermezzo.)

Now, when it comes to early classical music, I am woefully ignorant. I chose this recording as it featured a composition by Giovanni Battista Buonamente who will be featured at the MEMF on Tuesday. A cursory search of the Net yielded little info on Buonamente – even the Wikipedia page about him is sparse.

He was born sometime in the late 16th century. In addition to being a composer, Buonamente was also a violinist who played at the coronation of Ferdinand III, the son of Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II. He died in 1642.

It is Buonamente’s Sonata a 6, an early brass piece, which starts off this performance by members of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment who play period music on period instruments. The recording is from 4 October 2008 at King’s Place, London.


Giovanni Battista Buonamente (c1595-1642)
Sonata a 6 03′38

Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643)
Christe redemptor omnium 03′06″

Biagio Marini (1594-1663)
Sonata a 4 tromboni 02′26″

Andrea Gabrieli (1510-1586)
O sacrum convivium 04′01″

Giovanni Gabrieli (1557-1612)
Beata es Virgo Maria 04′46″

Georg Friedrich Haendel (1685-1759): sonate in B minor opus 2 No 1b HWV 386b {flute (or oboe), violin & basso continuo}
I Andante 03′48″
II Allegro ma non troppo 02′41″
III Largo (D) 02′43″
IV Allegro 02′29″

Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764): (from) Les Indes Galantes (arrangements for 2 flutes)
Sommeil 02′38″
Les sauvages 01′46″
Musette 01′54″
Tambourins I & II 02′11″

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750): triosonate G-Dur BWV1039 {2 floten & klavier}
I Adagio 03′27″
II Allegro ma non presto 03′25″
III Adagio e piano (mi mineur) 02′19″
IV Presto 03′26″

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Giovanni Battista Buonamente

While this video doesn’t fit into my blog template, it is well worth having anyway. This is “Il Ballo del Gran Duca”. The poster noted: “Buonamente’s setting of one of the most famous dances of the early seventeenth century. Live video from the Voices of Music Capriccio Stravagante concert 2008.”

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