Keyboard Music, Book I (1603)
The Italian composer, Giovanni Maria Trabaci, was one of the most important musical innovators in the 17th century. As a skilled organist, his major church appointments in the Naples area provided him with the financial stability to write 165 works for the keyboard. Many serve the multiple purpose of being adaptable for organ, harpsichord or instrumental groups. In technical accomplishment and harmonic experimentation they were to surpass other works composed at that time, and became the earliest examples of the musical period subsequently defined as the ‘Baroque’ era.
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GIOVANNI MARIA TRABACI(1575 - 1647)
Giovanni Maria Trabaci was one of the most interesting Italian composers of the 17th century. Having started out life as a tenor and organist, and in the latter role held some the most important roles in Italian churches. He was to become a major composer of sacred music, including masses, motets, psalm and hymn settings. Of his personal life we know very little, apart from the fact that he was the benefactor of financial support from the Royal family of Spain, which did allow him the time to devote to writing a modest amount of keyboard scores, also suitable for performance by instrumental ensembles. They demonstrate a composer who was an experimentalist of his time, many of his scores surpassing anything composed to that date.
|Trabaci Keyboard Music (Book 1 1603)
|harpsichord and Organ
|Audio CD (3 CD set)
|Giovanni Maria Trabaci
Sergio Vartolo studied music, organ and harpsichord, at the Conservatorio of Bologna and graduated at the University of the same city. He has performed throughout Europe as harpsichordist, organist, conductor, stage director and singer. His recordings have been awarded the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik (Frescobaldi Toccatas), the Choc award by Monde de la Musique (Frescobaldi Capriccios) and the Diapason d’Or (Luzzaschi Madrigals). For fourteen years, until 1998, he held the post of Maestro di Cappella at the Basilica of San Petronio in Bologna. He is an academician of the famous Accademia Filarmonica of Bologna, where, among many other great musicians, in 1770 Mozart was received as a member. The Cappella Musicale di San Petronio di Bologna (officially know as the Cappella Musicale Arcivescovile di San Petronio), was founded in 1436 by a papal bull from Eugenio IV. It is considered by many musicologists to be amongst the most prestigious musical institutions in Italy and one of the most productive artistic centres in the whole history of music. For Naxos Sergio Vartolo and the Cappella Musicale di San Petronio di Bologna have recorded Cavalieri, Palestrina, Perti and two volumes of baroque laments. They have been particularly successful with Vecchi’s L’Amfiparnaso: “There is plenty of gusto here, coupled with a stylish command of the madrigal settings…I can thoroughly recommend it…” (Early Music Review) and with three large works by Monteverdi. The Early Music Review described Sergio Vartolo’s Naxos recording of Monteverdi’s Ballo Delle Ingrate and Tancredi e Clorinda as being “ among the most convincing performance of these works I have heard” whilst a warm and intimate version of L’Orfeo was assessed by Fanfare thus: “The singers are excellent and integrated into a carefully prepared ensemble…You will not do much better at triple the price”. In addition, Sergio Vartolo has recorded Monteverdi’s smaller-scale works: the Canzonette (with Patricia Vaccari)and the same composer’s delightful Scherzi Musicali A Tre Voci.