Fogliano to Froberger
A century of Ricercars
My new CD features these pieces and 17 more, by Claudio Veggio, Julio of Modena, and Giacomo
Fogliano, three 16th century composers with distinctive voices. Contrasted with these are very
different ricercars by Frescobaldi and his pupil Froberger.
I have found that this music can appeal to anyone. One can simply enjoy a rich sound-world
produced by the sonorities of three very different Italian style instruments (including an ottavino,
which has attracted a YouTube following of its own) – but also enjoy the development of keyboard
counterpoint from its early origins through to pieces which look forward to the baroque fugue.
My Youtube videos of early Ricercars by Veggio prompted a lot of interest. You can see these here:
Plus this one played on the Ottavino, by Jacobo Fogliano:
Here’s a new video by Stephen Malinowski, of a ricercar by Froberger.