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>What are interesting approaches to Frescobaldi, or other French
My favorite pieces from Frescobaldi have actually been the wacky
instrumental canzonas.... I enjoy Il Viaggio Musicale from way
back when in that repertory, but don't know if there are more recent
>Also, what about English composers from same period, what draws
>people so strongly to that repertoire?
If you're talking about the Parthenia generation (Byrd/Bull/Gibbons)
-- I wasn't sure, particularly with the remark from Mandryka --
then it's the sense of melodic counterpoint (evoking the Renaissance
style). Also per your remark on instrument sonority, I particularly
enjoy a twangy muselear virginal & it often seems to suit this music
perfectly. Note, though, that I also wasn't just "throwing a bone"
in mentioning a recent piano album devoted mostly to Bull (in a
prior thread...), in that I never found his music all that compelling
on harpsichord, but it seemed to work well on piano. (Byrd feels
forced on piano, by contrast.) In that case, what you're hearing
is all the strange rhythms in 5s & 7s, etc. I'd compare it to
Chopin, but the Chopin lovers seem to refuse it....