Personalities | Cipriano de Rore | Renaissance | Classical
(Che-pre-a’-no da Ro’-ra) c. 1515–65
Rore spent much of his relatively short life in Italy, first in Ferrara and then in the brilliant musical circle around Willaert in Venice. Rore was cited by Monteverdi as a pioneer of the seconda pratica, and modern critics tend to emphasize the serious, intellectually rigorous side to his musical personality. But madrigals like the dawn song ‘Dalle belle contrade oriente’ (‘The Beautiful Country of the East’) show that he was also quite comfortable in the less self-consciously highbrow language of the madrigal.
Mass Praeter rerum serium, Motets, Tallis Scholars (dir) Peter Phillips (Gimell)
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