Laudario di cortona
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Laudario di Cortona

13th century italian religious songs

Source: Biblioteca del Comune e dell'Accademia Etrusca di Cortona, MS 91

Laudario di Cortona 13th century in Europe was a time when fervent religiousness began to burst previous forms of laity participation in the Church's life. It resulted in a kind of activity, signs of which became mendicant orders, flagellants, various religious fraternities. Undoubtedly, people of the most significant influence on the Church during consecutive decades, were Saint Dominic and Saint Francis of Assisi. Their mission had the effect of growing religious consciousness of laity and the need for its expression. Saint Francis's Canticle of the Sun - precursor of Italian lauda - gave an impulse to create in towns singing fraternities - laudesi, which gathered in churches to sing and pray during special services. With time, more wealthy fraternities began to hire professional musicians, able to perform more and more technically complicated works. Dramatic forms were also introduced, what turned out to be a germ of a new musical form, shaped later - oratorio.

Fraternity Confraternita di Santa Maria delle Laude acted in Cortona, attached to Saint Francis church, and between 1260 - 1297, thanks to their activity, a codex was created, known under the name of Laudario di Cortona (Biblioteca del Comune e dell'Accademia Etrusca di Cortona, MS 91) containing 46 laude accompanied with musical notation. It is one of the oldest manuscripts comprising sacred songs in Italian, dating from times, when sacred poetry in national languages, represented by works of Jacopone da Todi (Franciscan poet and mystic), started to flourish.

This record contains a choice of songs taken out from this manuscript. Among them Marian, Christmas, Lent and Easter songs and also works dedicated to saints can be found. Two works, examples of gushing religious poetry of that time (one of them Troppo per del tempo with lyrics by Jacopone da Todi), are deliberations on Christ's love.

Premiere: 10th November 2008
Publisher: Multikulti Project

Album is available at concerts and in music stores.
Internet sale: Fripp Multikulti

Download samples:

  1. Laude novella sia cantata - 704 KB
  2. Stella nuova.mp3 - 709 KB
  3. Gloria'n cielo.mp3 - 705 KB
  4. Cristo e nato.mp3 - 707 KB
  5. O divina virgo flore.mp3 - 704 KB
  6. De la crudel morte de Cristo.mp3 - 704 KB
  7. Iesu Cristo glorioso.mp3 - 703 KB
  8. Oime lasso.mp3 - 704 KB
  9. Ave donna santissima.mp3 - 703 KB
  10. Madonna santa Maria.mp3 - 703 KB
  11. Sia laudato san Francesco.mp3 - 705 KB
  12. Troppo per del tempo.mp3 - 708 KB
  13. Magdalena degna da laudare.mp3 - 704 KB

Newest demo recordings

You will these pieces find on the second Ensemble's album

  1. Calenda maia [Anonim 12th c.] - 473 KB
  2. Palastinalied [Walther von der Vogelweide 13th c.] - 473 KB
  3. Quan vei la lauseta mover [Bernard de Ventadorn 12th c.] - 472 KB

Recording: Rafal Szumny (Studio Centrum) 14th November 2009

Older recordings.

Recorded on 18-19 March 2006 in Studio S2 in Warsaw by Anna Wojtych and Joanna Wlodarczak (DUX Recording Producers)

La rosa enflorence (1) - 727 KB

La rosa enflorence (2) - 508 KB

(sephardic trad.)

Douce Dame jolie [Guillaume de Machaut - 14th c.] - 381 KB

(Paris, Bibl. Nationale, fonds franšais 1584)

De bonte de valour [Guillaume de Machaut - 14th c.] - 1030 KB

(Paris, Bibl. Nationale, fonds franšais 1584)

Reis glorios [Giraut de Borneilh - 13th c.] - 1021 KB

Madre de Deus [Alfonso el Sabio? - 13th c.] - 884 KB

(Cantigas de Santa Maria)

Santa Maria valed ai Sennor [Alfonso el Sabio? - 13th c.] - 797 KB

(Cantigas de Santa Maria)

Miragres fremosos [Alfonso el Sabio? - 13th c.] - 1003 KB

(Cantigas de Santa Maria)

Ay Santa Maria [Alfonso el Sabio? - XIII w.] - 1003 KB

(Cantigas de Santa Maria)

Cristo e nato [Anonim 13th c.] - 1455 KB

Cortona, Bibl.Comunale e dell'Accademia Etrusca, MS 91 (Laudario di Cortona)

O divina virgo flore [Anonim 13th c.] - 1021 KB

Cortona, Bibl.Comunale e dell'Accademia Etrusca, MS 91 (Laudario di Cortona)
transcription: Marina Valmaggi, Rodaviva Ed. mus., Italy.

Ave donna santissima [Anonim 13th c.] - 1797 KB

Cortona, Bibl.Comunale e dell'Accademia Etrusca, MS 91 (Laudario di Cortona)
transcription: Marina Valmaggi, Rodaviva Ed. mus., Italy.

Polorum regina [Anonim - 14th c.] - 1051 KB

(Llibre Vermell)

Trotto [Anonim 14th c.] - 1047 KB

(British Library, Add. 29987)


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