Past Event

Music as Discovery in Galileo's Italy

October 26, 2022
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
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Concert in Library of the Italian Academy

All seats are currently reserved. We hope to accommodate a limited number of standby guests at the door.

Doors open at 7 PM.  Seats are held for registrants until 7:20 PM only.

A concert of seventeenth-century music by Salamone Rossi, Girolamo Frescobaldi, Biagio Marini, Tarquinio Merula, and other Italian composers.

The evening includes remarks by harpsichordist Rebecca Cypess, author of Curious and Modern Inventions: Instrumental Music as Discovery in Galileo's Italy, which explores how both musical and scientific instruments served as vehicles of exploration and innovation.

Rebecca Cypess, harpsichord

Dongmyung Ahn, violin

Nina Stern, recorder

Charles Weaver, theorbo


Sonata sopra la Monica
From Sonate sinfonie canzoni, passemezzi, balletti, correnti, gagliarde, & ritornelli (1626)  
Biagio Marini (1594–1663)  

Sonata in dialogo detta la Viena
From Il terzo libro de varie sonate, sinfonie, gagliarde, brandi, e corrente (1613?)
Salamone Rossi (ca. 1570–1630)

Sonata seconda
From Sonate A 1 2. 3. per il Violino, o Cornetto, Fagotto, Chitarone, Violoncino o simile altro istromento (1641)
Giovanni Battista Fontana (1589–1630)

Lusinghevole passeggio
From Capricci (1622)
Bellerofonte Castaldi(1580–1649)

Sonata seconda a sopran solo 
From Sonate concertate in stil moderno, libro secondo (1629)
Dario Castello (1602–1630)

Toccata settima
From Toccate e partite…libro primo (1615)
Girolamo Frescobaldi (1583–1643)

Capriccio sopra la Girolmeta
From Fiori musicali (1635)
Girolamo Frescobaldi

Brando terzo 
Brando quarto
From Libro quarto de varie sonate (1636)
Giovanni Battista Buonamente (ca. 1595–1642)

Sonata quarta a 2 soprani 
From Sonate concertate in stil moderno, libro secondo (1629)
Dario Castello

From Canzoni overo sonate concertate per chiesa e camera (1637)
Tarquinio Merula (1594/5–1665)

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