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Stadtpfeiffer: Music of Renaissance Germany

Paul Hofhaimer , Heinrich Isaac , Heinrich Finck , Ludwig Senfl , Caspar Othmayr , Adam Gilbert , Johann Jakob Walther , Michael Praetorius , Adam von Fulda , Anonymous , Gregorian Chant , Georg Forster , Mack Ramsey , Christa Patton , Piffaro Audio CD
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listen  1. Greyner, zannerPiffaro 1:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Greiner, zancker, schnöpfitzerPiffaro 1:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Greiner, zannerPiffaro 1:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Ach Elslein, liebes Elselein meinPiffaro 1:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Im MaienPiffaro 1:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Was wird es doch des wunders noch (a 7)Piffaro 2:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Was wird es doch des wunders noch (a 5)Piffaro 2:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Was wird es doch des wunders noch (a 7 reprise)Piffaro 2:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Ein maidlein zue dem brunnen giengPiffaro 4:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Quisquis requiem quaerisPiffaro 1:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Non Argus largusPiffaro 2:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Non somnos requiemPiffaro 1:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Ein feste burg ist unser Gott (3 settings)Piffaro 4:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Der GrabentanzPiffaro 3:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Will niemand singenPiffaro 3:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Philou & Ho, herdersPiffaro 4:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Der pfauen schwantzPiffaro 1:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Bonum vinum cum saporePiffaro 2:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. In feuers hitz/Mole gravati criminumPiffaro 2:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Pange lingua gloriosiPiffaro 1:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Pange lingua gloriosiPiffaro 2:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. T'andernaken (a 4)Piffaro 3:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen23. Suite of German tunes: Hildebrandslied, Es taget vor dem walde, Zart liep, wie süss dein anfang istPiffaro 4:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen24. Den besten vogelPiffaro 1:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen25. Presulem sanctissimumPiffaro 1:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen26. Patientiam mueß ich han (a 4)Piffaro 2:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen27. Patientiam mueß ich hanPiffaro 1:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen28. Patientiam mueß ich han (a 5)Piffaro 2:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen29. O du armer JudasPiffaro 1:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen30. Veni Sancte SpiritusPiffaro 3:20$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Performer: Anonymous, Gregorian Chant, Georg Forster, Mack Ramsey, Christa Patton, et al.
  • Orchestra: Adam von Fulda
  • Composer: Paul Hofhaimer, Heinrich Isaac, Heinrich Finck, Ludwig Senfl, Caspar Othmayr, et al.
  • Audio CD (February 27, 2001)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Dorian Recordings
  • ASIN: B000056OE8
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #335,406 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lively, intricate and artful music from Piffaro! November 24, 2002
Format:Audio CD
"Across early Renaissance Europe," begins commentator Robert Kendrick in the insert introduction, "the best-known wind ensembles consisted largely of players from Germanic lands, who took their craft with them to Italy, Spain, and France." This CD features sophisticated, contrapuntal compositions of Senfl, Isaac, Othmayer and Finck, interspersed with delightfully direct arrangements of simpler tunes by the Piffaro musicians themselves. Alternating consorts of recorders and reeds are enhanced by brass, lute, harp and percussion. Core Piffaro members Adam and Rotem Gilbert, Grant Herreid, Tom Zajac, and co-directors Joan Kimball and Robert Wiemken are joined by guests Benjamin Harris on percussion, Christa Patton on harp, and Mack Ramsey on wind instruments. This is my favorite Piffaro recording so far, because of the variety of distinctive sounds and composition styles. There's a bit of everything on here, and all of it very enjoyable to listen to! Done in a similar vein is the group's 2002 Dorian release, "Music from the Odhecaton: Celebrating the 500th Anniversary of the First Printed Music".
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Kind of Blue," 16th-Century Style January 6, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Most devotees of the great Miles Davis album Kind of Blue know its story from the liner notes by Bill Evans: Miles comes to the studio with a pocketful of modal scales and changes, shows them to the illustrious group - Cannonball Adderley, John Coltrane, Wynton Kelly, Bill Evans, Paul Chambers, and Jimmy Cobb - and everyone simply blows, unrehearsed. The result is the consensus "most influential" or "most beautiful" or simply "the greatest" (and certainly best-selling) jazz album of the '50s and perhaps the entire post-World War II period (and some say "ever"). It popularized "modal jazz," essentially a modal "cantus firmus" ("fixed song") around which players shaped their improvisations.

Lovers of early music - and admirers of "the Renaissance Band" Piffaro - will know exactly where I'm going here. The precision with which early music ensembles like Piffaro perform their repertoire leads most listeners to conclude that every single note is scored as it is played. Nothing could be further from the truth. Generally, such pieces are also built around a modal cantus firmus and consist of ensemble members finding polyphonic, often contrapuntal, lines that harmonize or embellish the main melody.

Thanks to Guenther Schuller and other jazz historians, we associate "early jazz" with pioneering, pre-swing era, early 20th century Buddy Bolden/King Oliver/Louis Armstrong/Jelly Roll Morton "spontaneous composition" jazz music. That said, most music lovers know the familiar great players (and often composers) of earlier centuries - Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, etc. - were all prodigiously talented spontaneous improvisers. Few of their improvisations have been written down (except as cadenzas to their scored compositions), and we don't connect classical improvisation to jazz music.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite! December 24, 2001
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This CD contains beautiful songs of German Renaissance. The music is performed in a very sensitive way. I consider impossible not to be touched by the wonderful sounds of the wind instruments. I highlight the 5 track, very beautiful. The musicians of Piffaro play the instruments with love and passion. The result is a great emotion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It made me cry! March 26, 2001
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I tuned to the classical radio when I ran errands the other day and heard music like none I've heard before. Perfect bagpipes, yet I verified that it was indeed German Rennaisance music. I nearly had to pull over with the tears that came to my eyes!
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