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Gioco di Voci

Populars songs in European Renaissance

Our best seller. Itʼs a concert with a huge visual and theatrical component. The repertoire comprises villanelle and French Renaissance chansons by composers active in the second half of fifteenth century and during the sixteenth century. For four voices a cappella, with original choreography by the Ring Around Quartet.

This is a concert-show that you should not only listen to but see as well. The four singers are not dressed in tuxedoes standing behind music stands, but thy wear light clothes and are bare foot, wich accentuates the dance steps, acting while they sing, playing with the music and the lyrics, making use of both movement and facial expression. In some way they recreate the atmoshere of court entertainment, with very stricking moments, making the audience relive a music repertoire that is often reserved only to the initiated, taking an enthusiastic, theatrical approach.

Instead of following a time or theme logic, the programme is built around rhytms, atmospheres and tones, making listening both varied and pleasing. There are pieces by Italian, Franco-Flemish and English composers that have a humourous tone which alternate with pieces full of lyricism and masterpieces of the French descriptive-onomatopeic genre. 


Ring Around Quartet
Vera Marenco (soprano)
Manuela Litro (contralto)
Umberto Bartolini (tenore)
Alberto Longhi (baritono)



Belle qui tiens ma vie

Thoinot Arbeau (c.1519-c.1595)

The elves’ dance
John Bennet (c.1570-c.1614)

El grillo è buon cantore

Josquin Des Prés (c.1450-1521)


Margot labourez les vignes

Jacques Arcadelt (c.1504-1568)


S’elle m’amera je ne sçay (Petite camusette)

Johannes Ockeghem (1425-1497)


L’ultimo dì di magio

Sebastiano Festa (c.1495-1525)


So ell enzina, enzina

Anonimo (dal Cancionero de Palacio, c.1500)


Tutto lo dì

Orlando di Lasso (c.1532-1594)


Madonn’ io non lo so
Adrian Willaert (c.1490-1562)
Bonzorno madonna
Antonio Scandello (1517-1580)

A round of three country dances in one

Thomas Ravenscroft (c.1592-c.1635)


Tant que vivrai

Claudin de Sermisy (c.1490-1562), testo di Clément Marot (1497-1544)



Anonimo (pubbl. Pierre Attaignant 1530)


La tricotea

Anonimo (dal Cancionero de Palacio, c.1500)


L’homme armé

Anonimo (XV secolo)


Mille regrets

Josquin Des Prés (c.1450-1521)


Mignonne, allons voir si la rose

Anonimo (XVI secolo), testo di Pierre de Ronsard (1524-1585)


Madonna mia pietà

Orlando di Lasso (c.1532-1594)


Pase el agua 

Anonimo (dal Cancionero de Palacio, c.1500)


Fata la parte

Juan del Encina (c.1468-1529)


Il est bel et bon
Pierre Passereau (c.1509-c.1547)
La, la, la, je ne l’ose dire
Pierre Certon (c.1510-1572)


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