Strozzi From Il Primo libro de’madrigali
Early music from a prominent female composer.
About the video
- Published online 29 August 2023.
- The video is approximately 4 minutes.
- A musical excerpt from the series Mankind and Music, episode 3.
Barbara Strozzi was a contemporary of Monteverdi and was called “La virtousissima cantatrice” – the most masterful singer. She was included among the Venetian cultural elite of philosophers, writers and poets, and was seen as a pioneering composer.
Her music is exquisitely emotional and beautiful. Il Primo libro de’madrigali was a collection of madrigals for two to five voices and the lyrics were likely composed by her father, Giulio Strozzi. (During the Renaissance and early Baroque eras, madrigals were a widespread secular, multi-part form of music with roots in Italy.)
This excerpt of music is from episode 3 of the series Mankind and Music. The five episodes are available to watch here on Konserthuset Play. Why does music exist? What happens to us when we make or listen to music? In this series, we explore answers to these questions together with musicians, listeners and researchers.
Barbara Strozzi Priego ad Amore from Il Primo libro de’madrigali
Joakim Agnas trumpet
Mikael Nilsson flugelhorn
Martin Schöpfer french horn
Karl Frisendahl trombone
Karl-Johan Elf tuba