Le Strade del Cuore
The Streets of the Heart
A journey through the heart of the italian renaissance,
With frottole, tarantelle and words of love...
Anonymous / Tarantella del Passariello
traditional dance from Puglia
Anonymous / Sona a battenti
traditional song from Puglia
Marco Cara (1470-1525) / Per fuggir d’amor le punte
from: Book I, Franciscus Bossiniensis, 1509
Jacopo Fogliano (1468-1548) / L’amor, donna, ch’io te porto
from: Seventh Book of Petrucci, Venice, 1507
Anonymous (XVI sec) / Pavana “La Cornetta” e Gagliarda “La Traditora”
from: Ms. British library royal app. 59-62 (undated)
Bartolomeo Tromboncino (1470-1535) / Su, su leva alza le ciglia
from: IV Book of Andrea Antico, Rome 1517
Marco Cara / Io non compro più speranza
from: Book I, Franciscus Bossiniensis, Venice, 1509
Paolo Scoto (16th c.) / Capra mozza sonemus et cantemus
from: Seventh Book of Petrucci, Venice, 1507
Marco Cara / Ostinato vo'seguire
from: Book I, Franciscus Bossiniensis, Venice, 1509
Pietro Paolo Borrono (c. 1490-after 1563) / Pavana e Saltarello della Milanese
from: Intavolature de leuto... G. A. Casteliono, Milan, 1536
Marco Beasley (1957) / Tu dormi
from: B. Tromboncino, Libro I del Bossiniensis, Venezia, 1509
Gabriele Fallamero (XVI sec.) / Vorria madonna
from: Il Primo libro delle canzonette, Venice, 1584
Anonymous / La bella nœva
traditional song from Liguria
Anonymous / Tarantella del Gargano
traditional song from Puglia
Anonymous / Compendium Tarantulae
from a citation by Athanasius Kircher
Anonymous / Tu bella ca lu tieni lu pettu tundu
traditional song from Campania / Puglia
Anonymous / Sona Carmagnola
song of the troops of Cardinal Ruffo of Calabria, 1799
Marco Beasley / voice Stefano Rocco / archlute, baroque guitar
Fabio Accurso / lute
A varied and complex program in which the most delicate refinement is
accompanied by a compelling and captivating joie de vivre.
The humanist culture in vogue at the turn of the fifteenth century spurred Italian
composers to develop a simple and expressive musical style that acted as an
alternative to the more elaborately contrapuntal chanson française, the very popular
genre of vocal and instrumental music.
Courts in Lombardy were at the heart of this fertile experimentation. Among the
various poetic forms, the frottola, structured in eight-syllable verses, met with greatest
The name “frottola” is of uncertain origin. It could be a derivation of the word frotta,
designating a heterogeneous group of persons, animals or objects. It also signifies a
set of “poetic compositions”, also called barzellette or jokes – dramatic or amusing
stories in miniature, full of riddles and proverbs.
Still today one can encounter the musical traditions which arose in the territory of
the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies, including what is now central and southern Italy
and Sicily, the natural crossroads where the cultures of the eastern and western
Mediterranean meet. At the time of Spanish rule the signs and influences of much
older civilizations were still evident.
In addition to conducting our own research in libraries and archives, we have chosen
to traverse the roads of Italy, collecting living testimonies and memories of ancient
songs from the last depositories of oral tradition. In this way we give voice to the
most authentic and secret traditions of Southern Italy: song and music as magic and
The “streets of the heart” are travelled by the desire to hear this music take its place
alongside people and places dear to us, evoking stories and situations that bring us
together so that we may remember and make of these memories a moment of
happiness, albeit tinged at times with mystery and melancholy.
Our program ends chronologically on June 13, 1799, the date that marks the fall of
the Parthenopean Republic: that revolutionary dream, suffocated in the blood spilled
on the streets of Naples by the royalist and pro-Spanish troops, led by Cardinal
Ruffo of Calabria.
©Marco Beasley

Le Strade del Cuore The Streets of the Heart