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Alessandro Grandi, Opera Omnia, edited by Jeffrey Kurtzman, with Dennis Collins, Robert Kendrick, Steven Saunders, and John Whenham.

Alessandro Grandi (ca. 1586–1630) is best known as the first composer to use a form of the word “cantata” to describe a set of musical compositions (for his Cantade et arie, ca. 1618) and as Monteverdi’s vice-maestro di cappella at San Marco in Venice during the 1620s.

This new series of publications will be edited by an editorial team headed by Jeffrey Kurtzman, in collaboration with Dennis Collins, Robert Kendrick, Steven Saunders, and John Whenham.


Vol. 1. Il primo libro de motetti, edited by Dennis Collins and Steven Saunders.

                        Grandi's first published music, the Primo libro de motetti a due, tre, quattro, cinque, & otto voci, con una Messa à quattro (Venice, 1610), contains two fairly conventional compositions, a polychoral motet and a four-voice setting of the Ordinary of the Mass. The core of the collection, however, is a set of innovative few-voice motets in which Grandi introduces a variety of novel formal schemes and compositional techniques. He juxtaposes short motives in ways that suggest both dialogue techniques and the concerato interplay of voices common in the lighter secular genres. Several motets employ parlante subjects that recall the clipped diction of Monterverdi’s fourth and fifth book of madrigals, and Grandi’s quasi-canonic entries built over harmonic sequences evoke duet passages from the continuo madrigals that close Monteverdi’s Fifth Book. In short, Grandi’s Primo libro de motetti shows that he helped to forge the concertato style in the early years of the seventeenth-century.

    CMM 112-1   978-1-59551-503-2   1st ed.   lvi+137 pp.  36 cm     2011                 $110.00
Contents and sample pages (PDF)


CMM 112-01, no. 1   Hodie nobis de cælo   3

CMM 112-01, no. 2   Ad te de luce vigilantibus   6

CMM 112-01, no. 3   Quam dives es (transposed down a fifth)   8

CMM 112-01, no. 4   Exaudi Domine   11

CMM 112-01, no. 5   Audivit Dominus   13

CMM 112-01, no. 6   In semita judiciorum   15

CMM 112-01, no. 7   O quam tu pulchra es   17

CMM 112-01, no. 8   In te speravi Domine   21

CMM 112-01, no. 9   Quam dilecta tabernacula tua   24

CMM 112-01, no. 10   Sicut oculi servorum   28

CMM 112-01, no. 11   Deus Deus meus in te speravi   31

CMM 112-01, no. 12   Obaudite me   34

CMM 112-01, no. 13   Vidi spetiosam sicut columbam   40

CMM 112-01, no. 14   Congratulamini omnes in Domino   45

CMM 112-01, no. 15   Caro mea   51

CMM 112-01, no. 16   Cantabo Domino   57

CMM 112-01, no. 17   Hic est vere martyr   63

CMM 112-01, no. 18   Benedictus Dominus   68

CMM 112-01, no. 19   Missus est Angelus Gabriel   73

CMM 112-01, no. 20   Nativitas tua   83

CMM 112-01, no. 21a   Kyrie, Messa a quattro voci   94

CMM 112-01, no. 21b   Gloria, Messa a quattro voci   99

CMM 112-01, no. 21c   Credo, Messa a quattro voci   106

CMM 112-01, no. 21d   Sanctus, Messa a quattro voci   119

CMM 112-01, no. 21e   Agnus Dei, Messa a quattro voci   123

CMM 112-01, no. AA   Quam dives es (notated pitch)   129

CMM 112-01, no. AB1   Quae es ista (transposed down a fifth)   132

CMM 112-01, no. AB2   Quae es ista (notated pitch)   135


Vol. 2. Not yet published.

Vol. 3. Not yet published.

Vol. 4. Not yet published.

Vol. 5. Il quatro libro de motetti a due, tre, quattro, et sette voci (1616),
edited by Dennis Collins and Robert Kendrick.

Grandi’s Fourth Book of motets (1616), mainly smaller-scale pieces, contains works that can be linked to his two “academic” employers in Ferrara, the confraternity-academies of the Spirito Santo and the Morti. Like Grandi’s other prints, this book received multiple reprints, and some of its contents were copied as far away as north Germany and England. The present volume also contains major new biographical findings by Rodolfo Baroncini, and represents the first modern edition of most of the pieces.

CMM 112-5   978-1-59551-513-1   1st ed.   lvii + 71 pp.  36 cm     2015                 $129.00
Contents and sample pages (PDF)


CMM 112-05, no. 1. Hæc est arbor dignissima           3

CMM 112-05, no. 2. Salvum me fac Domine   7

CMM 112-05, no. 3. O quam gloriosa facta es            10

CMM 112-05, no. 4. Bone Jesu verbum Patris           13

CMM 112-05, no. 5. Surge propera amica mea          16

CMM 112-05, no. 6. O crux ave spes unica     21

CMM 112-05, no. 7. Hic est præcursor dilectus         24

CMM 112-05, no. 8. Exulta et lætare terra     26

CMM 112-05, no. 9. O sacrum convivium       29

CMM 112-05, no. 10. Gloria Patri qui creavit nos        32

CMM 112-05, no. 11. Hymnum cantemus         34

CMM 112-05, no. 12. Hæc est virgo sapiens    39

CMM 112-05, no. 13. Deus qui nos in tantis periculis 43

CMM 112-05, no. 14. Plorabo die ac nocte       48

CMM 112-05, no. 15. Ave regina cælorum       54

CMM 112-05, no. 16. Diligam te Domine          59

CMM 112-05, no. 17. Factum est silentium      66







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