Vincenzo Ruffo's Capricci in musica a tre voci (Milan, 1564) with Rainer Beckmann
Vincenzo Ruffo (1510–1587) was one of the most versatile North-Italian composers of the 16th century. Published in 1564, Capricci in musica a tre voci is considered the first collection of instrumental works using the title ‘ Capriccio’ (Italian for ‘whim’, ‘fancy’).
Grove Music Online states that capriccios "do not signify a specific musical technique or structure, but rather a general disposition towards the exceptional, the whimsical, the fantastic and the apparently arbitrary." Ruffo's Capricci are characterized by a strong rhythmic interest.
The pieces to be explored in this class include two capriccios based on well-known madrigals, two works making use of popular dance tunes of the time, as well as two imitative ricercari with imaginative titles that correspond to their inventive and varied musical character.
The class is geared to intermediate and advanced recorder players. Singers and other instrumentalists are welcome. Easier parts for the more demanding pieces will be provided.
Pitch = 440
Open to: recorders
Level: intermediate and up