Tune Tuesday: Fiori Musicali 1635

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Coming to 1635…

Fiori musicali (Musical Flowers) is a collection of liturgical organ music by Girolamo Frescobaldi, first published in 1635. It contains three organ masses and two secular capriccios. Generally acknowledged as one of Frescobaldi’s best works, Fiori Musicali influenced composers during at least two centuries. Johann Sebastian Bach was among its admirers and parts of it were included in the celebrated Gradus ad Parnassum, a highly influential 1725 treatise by Johann Joseph Fux which was in use even in the 19th century.

Fiori Musicali was first published in Venice in 1635, when Frescobaldi was working as [the] organist of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, under the patronage of Pope Urban VIII and his nephew Cardinal Francesco Barberini. It may have been conceived as music for St. Mark’s Basilica or a similarly important church. The collection was printed by Giacomo Vincenti (a celebrated publisher who had previously published reprints of Frescobaldi’s capriccios) and dedicated to Cardinal Antonio Barberini, Francesco‘s younger brother.

The full title of Frescobaldi’s work is Fiori musicali di diverse compositioni, toccate, kyrie, canzoni, capricci, e recercari, in partitura. Before Fiori musicali, Frescobaldi seldom published liturgical music. The organ mass was still in its infancy and composers seldom published such music. [It] is one of the most influential collections of music in European history. Frescobaldi’s collection was studied by Henry Purcell and Johann Sebastian Bach (the latter copied the entire work for his own use).

Additional Reading:
Fiori-Musicali (Britannica)
Structure (Wikipedia)

Toccata avanti la Messa della Dominica (before the mass)

Kyrie della Domenica

The Full Collection

3 thoughts on “Tune Tuesday: Fiori Musicali 1635

    badfinger20 (Max) said:
    July 15, 2020 at 10:46 PM

    That is some heavy organ…that is Phantom of the Opera or In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida.

    I’ve always liked organ…I like the sound of these.

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      The Hinoeuma responded:
      July 16, 2020 at 2:30 AM

      Ain’t it, tho… Every time I think of an organ in contemporary music, I hear Styx… “Gonna be a blue collar man…”

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        badfinger20 (Max) said:
        July 16, 2020 at 10:30 AM

        I think of House of the Rising Sun… but this is some heavy heavy organ

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