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La Sfondrata - Italian Early Baroque / Hoffman, et al


Notes & Reviews:

Art music changed considerably around 1600, especially in Italy. The vocal polyphonic music of the Renaissance was slowly superseded by a monodic style, which was supposed to imitate the solo singing of ancient Greece. These changes contributed to the rise of opera. Before 1600 there already had been similar tendencies in the instrumental genres, particularly since the late medieval period. These included all kinds of dance music and the instrumental canzone, which had developed form the French chanson into its own genre. The sonata developed from these two elements in the second half of the 16th century. Several of the works on this CD are first recordings.


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