Lodovico Agostini

Biography

Born: 1534; Ferrara, Italy   Died: September 20, 1590; Ferrara, Italy  
As a singer, priest, writer, and composer, Lodovico Agostini could have easily succeeded in creating liturgical works; however, deeply appreciative of the voice, he is best known for his madrigals. Although he wrote a few songs in the early 1560s, it wasn't until 1567, shortly after completing his formal training in Rome, that he finished his first book of vocal works entitled Musica . . . sopra le rime bizarre di M. Andrea Calmo, & altri autori. Read more Having been born into a musical family in the commune of Ferrara, the composer was given an excellent start to a strong career. In many ways he followed in the footsteps of his relative Agostino Agostini (also a priest, singer, and composer), especially when the younger man became involved with the cappella of Ferrara Cathedral in 1572, where Agostino Agostini began serving as priest approximately 30 years earlier.

While working as chapelmaster at the Ferrarese court of Duke Alfonso II d'Este and tutoring Duke Guglielmo Gonzaga, Lodovico Agostini completed nearly all of his other madrigals, all of which were written for ensembles of four to six voices. These titles include Canzoni alla napolitana . . . libro primo (1574), L'echo, et enigmi musicali . . . libro secondo (1581), and Madrigali . . . libro terzo (1582). His works encompass a range of styles and moods; they are at times humorous, frequently deviate from diatonicism, and some are quite liberal in their incorporation of instrumentation. His All' arm', all' arm' was recorded by Harmonia Mundi in 1993, featuring E. Hargis, King's Noyse, and D. Douglass, and his Non t'aricordi by EMI in 1992, featuring the King's Singers. Read less
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  • 1.
    Label: Glossa   Catalog: 920919 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Luzzasco Luzzaschi,  Lodovico Agostini,  Paolo Virchi
    Performer:  Marta Graziolino,  Roberto [Soprano Vocal] Mameli,  Cristiano Contadin,  Francesca Cassinari  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Cavina
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Venexiana
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    Madrigali per Laura Peperara / 	Silvia Frigato, Miho Kamiya
    Label: Tactus   Catalog: 530001 Release Date: 08/10/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Luzzasco Luzzaschi,  Lodovico Agostini,  Silvia Rambaldi,  Paolo Virchi  ... 
    Performer:  Silvia Rambaldi,  Silvia Frigato,  Miho Kamiya
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Segreto
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    Essential Renaissance
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 88592 Release Date: 02/23/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi,  Clément Janequin,  Adrian Willaert,  Lodovico Agostini  ... 
    Performer:  Della Jones,  Arleen Augér,  Hopkinson Smith,  Paul O'Dette  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox,  Andrew Parrott,  Anthony Rooley,  Emmanuelle Haïm  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Taverner Consort & Players,  Consort of Musicke,  Le Concert D'Astrée  ... 
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    Le Concert Secret Des Dames De Ferrare
    Label: Zig Zag   Catalog: 71001 Release Date: 02/12/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Lodovico Agostini,  Luzzasco Luzzaschi,  Giulio Cesare Barbetta
    Conductor:  Denis Raisin-Dadre
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Doulce Mémoire
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