Tarquinio Merula (1595–1665) was an innovative composer of keyboard, string, and vocal music, as well as a virtuoso organist, choirmaster, and violinist. Merula’s Curtio precipitato et altri capricii (1638) contains virtuosic, lyrical compositions for voice and continuo, ranging in tone from deep piety to playful irreverence. The volume of sixteen songs is transcribed here in its entirety, along with texts and translations, biographical information about Merula, and a discussion of his vocal music.
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Merula: Su la cetra amorosa
Aria for soprano or tenor set on a ciaccona bass line.
From Madrigali et altre musiche concertante, 1633
Dufay: Ave maris stella
Three part polyphony interspersed with plainchant. Strophic.
Traditional: Deck the Hall, SSA arrangement
Three part version for women's chorus with optional descant. Priced for a choir of up to 10 voices. If your choir is larger, please use the honor system and purchase an order for each 10 copies you'll be using.
Original round: Water (Rama's Lament)
A four part canon with secular lyrics and alternative sacred ones (suitable as an Alleluia or Amen)
Leontovych: Carol of the Lark
A new translation that reflects the original Ukrainian text about a visit from a small, prophetic bird with a New Year's message of blessing and bounty. Please specify SATB, SSA, or SSAA. Priced for a choir of up to 8 voices. If your choir is larger, please use the honor system and purchase an order for each 8 copies you'll be using.
All scores emailed after purchase.
Transcriptions from any facsimile into modern notation, key transpositions and arrangements upon request.