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|1. Ad gaudia, ad jubila (soprano, violins, organ continuo) by Maria Peruchona|
|2. Ave suavis dilectio (soprano, violins, organ continuo) by Isabella Leonarda|
|3. Regina Caeli (soprano, alto, tenor, organ continuo) by Maria Peruchona|
|4. Solvite, Solvite (soprano, violins, organ continuo) by Maria Peruchona|
|5. Messa Prima, Op. 18 (choral mass with strings, organ, soloists) by Isabella Leonarda: Kyrie|
|6. Messa Prima, Op. 18: Gloria, part I|
|7. Messa Prima, Op. 18: Gloria, part II|
|8. Messa Prima, Op. 18: Gloria, part III|
|9. Messa Prima, Op. 18: Credo, part I|
|10. Messa Prima, Op. 18: Credo, part II|
|11. Messa Prima, Op. 18: Credo, part III|
Leonarda published over 200 musical works in the course of her lifetime, making her one of the most prolific women composers of her age. Peruchona published a single opus containing eighteen pieces. Both composers lived at a time of great musical activity, when more women emerged in Italy as composers than at any previous period in Western music history. Largely ignored in the centuries that followed, the music of these women is being rediscovered only in our time. Not only is the artistic merit of their work finding renewed appreciation, but so too is its ability to find a response in the human spirit.
Recording producer: Marnie Hall. "Mass" recorded by Malcolm Addey at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Fayetteville, Arkansas, 1982. Motets and anthem recorded by Marnie Hall, in the Colgate Rochester Divinity School chapel, Rochester, New York, 1998. Editing, mastering and graphic design: Marnie Hall. Cover: "Nuns in Choir," Master of St. Jerome, ca. 1421, by permission of the British Library. This recording is made possible with public funds from The New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency. Additional funding provided by the Arkansas Arts Council, Lily Peter and Dilly Patrick © Leonarda Productions, Inc., 1998. All rights reserved. Made in USA.