This week, we’ll be looking at Gherardello da Firenze. He was a middle ages composer and, more specifically, he composed “Music of the Trecento,” which means he was a part of a surge of artistic growth in Italy. This involved all the arts, including music, painting, and literature, and architecture.
This particular piece of music is a secular (not church/worship related) work. There is little music from the middle ages (pre-1500s), mostly because music notation was in its beginning stages. This work is found in the book of Squarcialupi Codex, the largest source of Italian music from this period, and it holds the majority of music we still have by da Firenze. It is played on Renaissance instruments (1500-1600), but these instruments were influenced by older instruments existing during the middle ages, so what you hear will be pretty similar to what was heard originally.