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Barbara Strozzi sheet music
WHY COR DONATO EDITIONS?
One of Barbara Strozzi's lovely Opus 3 works is Cor Donato, cor rubato ... a heart given and a heart stolen.
Our publications are edited by Dr Richard Kolb and Dr Candace Magner, both specialists in early Italian song. The preparation is based on scholarly principles: nothing is added to Strozzi's original prints -- not figures, accompaniments, phrasing marks, or dynamic markings. Any corrections or clarifications are clearly marked in footnotes. While the original prints of Strozzi's output are relatively clear for notes and rhythms, the text underlay is often difficult to decipher and the alignment of staves and beats is problematic for the modern musician to read with ease. Our editions combine clarity, ease of page turns, elegant spacing of rhythmic notation, informed text underlay, and legibility according to rules of modern music notation. We use modern spellings in the Italian in the score, while retaining the original spelling in the text notes and English translation.
Please note that our editions do not include piano elaborations. You might wonder why there are so few realizations for this great music. One of the most delightful yet frustrating things about music of this period is that the players in the continuo (which could include any combination of harpsichord, bowed bass, lute, theorbo, harp, baroque guitar, organ...) were expected, like today's jazz and pop players, to know the rules of harmony and improvise from just the bass line. Sometimes the bass lines were figured, sometimes not. Strozzi's originals are very lightly figured. There are many possible readings, combinations of instruments, and interpretations, and we encourage you to experiment and work together with other musicians who study historic performance if you are new to singing and playing with basso continuo.
What is the logo?
The central heart is surrounded by the Strozzi family crest of three crescents. This particular version of the stemma is used as decor throughout the Palazzo Strozzi in Florence, and our logo comes from a photograph I took of an iron gate detail at the Palazzo. The heart is added to the graphic where the original keyhole would be -- a key to the heart of Strozzi's music.
It is interesting to note that the Opus 2 frontispiece includes a small version of this same original crest!