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William Dongois, Franck Poitrineau and Stefan Legée founded the Ensemble Ventosum in order to perform historically correct interpretations of the music for their instruments – cornetts and sackbuts (baroque trombones). An important concern of the ensemble is cooperation on equal terms between all the musicians without any fixed hierarchical structure; this enables them to play freely and creatively, combining musicological knowledge with a zest for improvisation.
Both instrumental groups existed in various sizes and ranges and were considered brass consorts – which is not actually correct, for cornetts were made out of wood, after all. These kinds of consorts were used in the areas of both secular and sacred music because their full, sustainable sound made them ideally suited for playing in churches, large spaces and outdoors.
The Ensemble Ventosum introduces Italian music from the "golden age" of cornetts and sackbuts - which lasted from about 1580 to 1650 - on the CD L’Arte dei Piffari. It includes works for grand princely weddings and dances as well as instrumental motets and madrigals, providing a representative overview of the wide variety of applications of these instruments and the "art of the winds" (L’Arte dei Piffari) of this epoch.
Cristofano Malvezzi: Intermedium "La pellegrina"
Sinfonia a 4
Cristofano Malvezzi: Coppia gentil (arr. for 2 cornets and 4 trombones)
Coppia gentil (arr. for 2 cornets and 4 trombones)
Luca Marenzio: Chi dal delfino
Chi dal delfino
Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina: Ave Maria
Giovanni Bassano: Concerti ecclesiastici
Concerti ecclesiastici: O doctor optime
Anonymous: El bisson [Bayerische Staatsbibliothel Munchen, Mus.ms 1503h] (arr. W. Dongois for 2 cornets and 3 trombones)
El bisson [Bayerische Staatsbibliothel Munchen, Mus.ms 1503h] (arr. W. Dongois for 2 cornets and 3 trombones)
Anonymous: sua gagliarda a 5 (arr. W. Dongois for 2 cornets and 4 trombones)
sua gagliarda a 5 (arr. W. Dongois for 2 cornets and 4 trombones)
Cipriano de Rore: Calami sonum ferentes (arr. for 4 trombones)
Calami sonum ferentes (arr. for 4 trombones)
Cesario Gussago: Sonate a 4,6,8, con alcuni concerti a 8
Sonate a 4,6,8, con alcuni concerti a 8: Sonata undecima, "La Marina"
Giovanni Gabrieli: Sacrae symphoniae
Sacrae symphoniae: Domine exaudi (arr. W. Dongois for 2 cornets and 4 trombones)
Andrea Gabrieli: Maria stabat ad monumentum (arr. W. Dongois for cornet)
Maria stabat ad monumentum (arr. W. Dongois for cornet)
Girolamo Dalla Casa: Il primo libre de motetti
Il primo libre de motetti: Jubilate deo
Salamone Rossi: Sinfonie et gagliarde, Book 1
Sinfonia a 5 (arr. for 2 cornets and 3 trombones)
Gagliarda a 5 (arr. for 2 cornets and 3 trombones)
Orazio Vecchi: Selva di varia ricreatione
Selva di varia ricreatione: Balletto a 5
Francesco Magini: Sinfonia prima
Giacomo Antonio Perti: Stella ista sicut flamina
Stella ista sicut flamina
Massimiliano Neri: Sonate da sonarsi con varij stromenti
Sonate da sonarsi con varij stromenti: Sonata a 6
“This anthology constructs a narrative through Italian music ranging acoross more than a century, from about 1580 to 1700, and most of the pieces are transcriptions taken from short sacred polyphony originally written for voices...these expertly played interpretations are manna from heaven for those who adore Renaissance brass consorts.”