“Maye”

Live audio from the world premiere of The Shepheardes Calender. May 15, 2019, Harold Acton Library, British Institute of Florence

Poetry: Edmund Spenser

Original Music, Piano: R. David Salvage

Narrator, Film: Andrea Argentieri

“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 sixteenth notes.  The twittering of birds accompanies the melody’s return.  The rhythm slows down; the dream fades; the texture becomes more clearly stratified.  We realize we have been all along in an indoor space, protected from the elements. 

“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.

ANTEPRIMA: Novembre

With English subtitles

PREVIEW: Julye

Con sottotitoli in italiano

“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.

“Tourdion Rendition”

Albumleaf 156: January 30, 2019 (Bologna)

Based on the medieval French drinking song.

“Toss-Off”

Albumleaf 155: January 18, 2019 (Bologna)

Just swishing out between bigger ‘leaves.