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“The Heirs of Orpheus”

I. Of Orpheus
Greek declamation
Tien del mio cor
Narration: the Myth of Orpheus and Eurydice
Vi ricorda’o boschi ombrosi (from the opera L’Orfeo)
Tu se morta (from the opera L’Orfeo)
Narration: Simonides and Appolonios Rhodos
Piangono al pianger mio

II. Of Nature
Narration: Two nature poems
Gioite, danzate
O Primavera
Correte l’aura
Torna il sereno zefiro

III. Of Love (Eyes and Arrows)
Narration: Orphic Hymn of Eros; Sappho
Occhi se seti i giri
Occhi un tempo
O dolci sguardi
Quel sguardo sdegnosetto

Carlo Milanuzzi (d. ca. 1647)

Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643)

Sigismondo d’India (ca. 1582-1629)

Alessandro Grandi (d. 1630)
Sigismondo d’India
Sigismondo d’India

Giovanni Pietro Berti (d. 1638)
Giovanni Kapsberger (ca. 1580-1651)


IV. Hero and Leander
Narration: from Musaeus’ Hero and Leander
Hero’s Lament: Nor com’st thou yet

V. Of Music
Narration: Hesiod
‘Tis Nature’s voice (from Orpheus Britannicus)
Music for a while
If music be the food of love, 3rd version

Nicholas Lanier (1588-1666)

Henry Purcell (1659-1695)