Tastes of the Mediterranean

Music of 16th-Century Spain and Italy

This concert has ended.
March 29 – 31, 2019
Folger Theatre

Renaissance music of Spain and Italy offers a variety of tastes and flavors—from rustic to courtly to the sublime. Tuneful and lyric Spanish villançicos and Italian frottole express a wide range of emotions about food, drink, loss, and, of course, love. Instrumental works include lively dances and diminutions from Italy and some of the great wind band repertoire from Spain.  With soprano Jessica Beebe and wind ensemble Piffaro, The Renaissance Band.                   

Join us on March 30 at 7pm for a pop-up exhibition featuring rare materials from the Folger vaults related to the performance.

In association with the Folger exhibition and the institution-wide project Before 'Farm to Table': Early Modern Foodways and Cultures.

The following playlist offers a preview of some of the music on the program. Folger Consort arrangements heard in concert will likely vary from these recordings.
From 16th-century Italy:
Frottolevillanesche, and other vocal music: Non è tempo by Marco Cara; In te, Domine, speravi by Josquin des Prez; Non se sa se non se dice by Bartolomeo Tromboncino; A quand' a quand' haveva by Adriano Willaert; Chi la gagliarda by Baldassare Donata;  A lieta vita by Giovanni Gastoldi
Instrumental arrangements of dances, motets, and other music: La piva and La gamba by Vincenzo Ruffo; Regem archangelorum and Regina caeli by Costanzo Festa; Ave Maria by Giacomo Fogliano; Pass'e mezzo e saltarello by Giorgio Mainerio
From 16th-century Spain:
Instrumental and vocal music from the Cancionero Musical de PalacioCalabaça, no se buen amor (Anonymous); Dale, si le das (Anonymous); Nunca fue pena mayor by Johannes Urrede; Cucú by Juan del Encina
Instrumental and vocal music from the Cancionero de UpsalaYo me soy la morenica (Anonymous); Ay, luna (Anonymous); Diferencias sobre 'Canto de Cavellero' and Galliarda Milanese by Antonio de Cabezón; Dindirindín by Mateo Flecha
Instrumental arrangements of music from the Lerma ManuscriptPange Lingua and Fabordones otro otavo tono by Francisco Guerrero
Arrangements of instrumental and vocal music, including villançicos and popular dance tunes: La Spagna by Josquin des Prez; Sirvió esta mañana el alva by Juan Arañes; Folia Gallegas by Santiago de Murcia; Canarios

Contributing Sponsor:

Andi H. Kasarsky

Associate Sponsors:

David and Lenka Lundsten
Louisa Woodville and Nigel Ogilvie


This project was supported by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanties, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts.