Vintage Renaissance

William Kraft

Publisher: Theodore Presser Company
Print Status: Rental

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Two tunes are incorporated: 1. Danza Alta by Francesco de la Torre; 2. a Bransle (pronounced ?Brawl?) ? composer unknown. Not much is known about Francesco de la Torre. He sang in the chapel of the Aragonese court from 1483 to 1500 and later became a curate at the cathedral of Seville. Nothing is known about him after 1504, suggesting that he died in that year. Only about a dozen works of his are extant; in addition to sacred and secular vocal music, there is one instrumental dance, a Idanza alta (?high dance?), which is the Spanish version of the Italian saltarello (?saltare? = to leap, ?alta? = high).

The second tune, a branle or bransle, was a popular group dance of the 16th century. Its derivation was French, and in England it was called a ?brawl?, ?braule? or ?brangill.? There are several localized varieties, many of which resemble the French farandole (e.g. the last movement of Bizer?s L?Arl

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Commission Commissioned by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Inc. for the Boston Pops Orchestra with the support of grants from the Chiles Foundation and the Massachusetts Council on the Arts and Humanities.
Composition Date 1989
Duration 00:12:00
Orchestration 3(Picc.) 3(E.H.) 3(EfCl.) 3(Cbsn.) - 4 3 3(B.Cl.) 1; Timp. 3Perc. Pno.(Cel.) Hp. Str.
Premiere 10th June, 1989. Boston Pops, conducted by John Williams, Symphony Hall, Boston, MA

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