'Fronimo': 26 Ricercari by Vincenzo Galilei

Ricercari per duro

Ricercare No.1 - Ricercare del primo tuono per duro

Ricercare No.2 - Ricercare del secondo tuono per duro

Ricercare No.3 - Ricercare del terzo tuono per duro

Ricercare No.4 - Ricercare del quarto tuono per duro

Ricercare No.5 - Ricercare del quinto tuono per duro

Ricercare No.6 - Ricercare del sesto tuono per duro

Ricercare No.7 - Ricercare del settimo tuono per duro

Ricercare No.8 - Ricercare del ottavo tuono per duro

Ricercare No.9 - Ricercare del nono tuono per duro

Ricercare No.10 - Ricercare del decimo tuono per duro

Ricercare No.11 - Ricercare del undecimo tuono per duro

Ricercare No.12 - Ricercare del duodecimo e ultimo tuono per duro

Ricercari per molle

Ricercare No.13 - Ricercare del primo tuono per molle

Ricercare No.14 - Ricercare del secondo tuono per molle

Ricercare No.15 - Ricercare del terzo tuono per molle

Ricercare No.16 - Ricercare del quarto tuono per molle

Ricercare No.17 - Ricercare del quinto tuono per molle

Ricercare No.18 - Ricercare del sesto tuono per molle

Ricercare No.19 - Ricercare del settimo tuono per molle

Ricercare No.20 - Ricercare del ottavo tuono per molle

Ricercare No.21 - Ricercare del nono tuono per molle

Ricercare No.22 - Ricercare del decimo tuono per molle

Ricercare No.23 - Ricercare del undecimo tuono per molle

Ricercare No.24 - Ricercare del duodecimo e ultimo tuono per molle

Additional Ricercari

Ricercare No.25 - Altro ricercare del primo tuono per duro

Ricercare No.26 - Altro ricercare del duodecimo tuono per molle

         26 Ricercari by Vincenzo Galilei are arranged for guitar and performed by John Oeth on his album Fronimo. Vincenzo Galilei was an Italian lutenist, music theorist, composer, and father of the famed astronomer and physicist Galileo Galilei. In 1568, Vincenzo Galilei wrote Fronimo Dialogo, a method book for playing, composing, and intabulating (arranging) vocal music for the lute. The text is a conversational lesson between an imaginary lutenist named Fronimo ("sage" in ancient Greek) and his student Eumatio (Italian for "he who learns well"). Eumatio primarily asks questions, and Fronimo answers and plays the lute, with the printed music serving as the music played. Galilei provides musical examples throughout to illustrate how he believes compositions should be structured and how intabulations should be made. The 1568 edition of Fronimo Dialogo contains a large amount of music, with over 200 pieces including original compositions and arrangements of vocal works by various composers. Galilei made revisions with a new anthology in the 1584 edition.

         Midway through the 1584 edition of Fronimo Dialogo, Galilei presents 26 Ricercari to demonstrate the sound of each mode. A mode is a type of musical scale with characteristic sound. Modes during this era had both authentic and its related plagal forms (indicated with the prefix "hypo").

         There are twelve ricercari in b duro (B-natural), twelve in b molle (B-flat), and two additional ricercari. Like much of the music in Fronimo Dialogo, Galilei's wrote his 26 Ricercari in Italian lute tablature. They are short, chordal studies with occasional scale passages, written in a chorale style, often with four independent voices.

         John Oeth's arrangement of 26 Ricercari for guitar will be published by Les Productions d'OZ in late 2019. These pieces are essential to contemporary players as they give guitarists a brief idea of each mode's sound and mood. Having the music in modern notation not only allows players of other instruments to perform the work, but it also lets performers see functional aspects of the music such as pitch relationships, voicing, and harmonic structure.

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