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by Marchetto Cara (c. 1470 – 1525)

Marchetto Cara and his wife, Giovanna Moreschi, were an early 16th century model for Mignarda, as a professional duo for the combination of voice and lute. A sardonic letter by Pietro Aretino (1492 – 1556) mentions an old man strutting down the street singing ‘O mia cieca e dura sorte,’ offering clues that aid in an effective, pulse-driven interpretation of the song.




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Mignarda specializes in thoughtful programming illuminating the vibrant mingling of renaissance music & poetry. Noted for awakening modern audiences to an appreciation for historical music, their work encompasses concertizing, teaching & recording, with ten critically-acclaimed CDs, a series of 12 music editions, scholarly articles, reviews and the internationally-popular blog, Unquiet Thoughts. ... more

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