Category Archives: Albumleaves

“Nebbia / Torre dell’Orologio”

Albumleaf 164: February 11, 2020 (Bologna)

“Boschereccia n. 3 — Il Museo della Musica”

Albumleaf 163: October 18, 2019 (Bologna) The third boschereccia resembles the first in its wildness, but it is a well-lit room, where we have not lost our bearings.  We contemplate quietly a pair of horns and harps in a display case.  The sounds of these instruments mingle in our mind with the opening phrases of […]

“Boschereccia n. 2 — Palazzo d’Accursio”

Albumleaf 162: October 10, 2019 (Bologna) This boschereccia is a more civilized room, with symmetrical, framed frescoes and a much less reverberant acoustic.  Perhaps a social gathering is underway, the music blending with the small-group conversations scattered around the room.  The homophonic texture continues from the first movement’s conclusion; repeated notes evoke the play of […]

“Linea Meridiana” LIVE

Albumleaf 65: July 25, 2011 (Bologna) Alliance Française, Bologna, May 24, 2019

The Star Spangled Banner

For at least the third year in a row, I am not in my home country for the Fourth of July. Both this year and last the plan was to be in Granville, Ohio, for the carnival downtown and for the fireworks and flag waving. But fate finds us stuck in Bologna for another few […]

“Boschereccia n. 1 — Palazzo Hercolani”

Albumleaf 161: June 5, 2019 (Bologna) The first boschereccia is a dim, echoy room whose frescoes spill unframed from wall to wall and up onto the ceiling.  We seem to be in a real forest, the wind carrying hints of horn calls from the distance.  A melody emerges from and subsides into the waves of […]

“The Shepheardes Calender — Aprill”

Albumleaf 160: April 4, 2019 (Bologna) To demonstrate the absent Colin’s skill in song, Hobbinol, who loves him, sings Collin’s lay for Eliza, the queen of shepherds.

“The Shepheardes Calender — March”

Albumleaf 159: March 6, 2019 (Bologna) Thomalin explains to Willye how he knows that Cupid is afoot, even though the spring has not quite arrived.

“La marionetta goffa”

Albumleaf 158: February 21, 2019 (Bologna) “The Awkward Marionette”

“The Shepheardes Calender — Februarie”

Albumleaf 157: February 12, 2019 (Bologna) Cuddie, a herdsman’s boy, and Thenot, an old shepherd, argue the merits of youth and old age in coping with the winter cold.