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Chi la gagliarda
Composed by Baldassare Donato
Arranged by Z. Randall Stroope
Voicing: SSA a cappella
Catalog number: AMP 0643
“CHI LA GAGLIARDA”ABOUT THE TEXT
Chi la gagliarda donna vo imparare, Venite a nui che simo, mastri fini, Che de ser' e de matina Mai manchiamo, di sonare: Tantira, tan ti ru ra. Those ladies, who want to learn the galliard, Come to us — we are excellent teachers; Night and day We continuously play: Tantira, tan ti ru ra.
Note: “Gagliarda” is similar to “gah–lyar–dah” (three syllables only), except the “gli” combination is pronounced with the middle of the tongue on the roof of the mouth. There is no English equivalent, and it should not be pronounced “gah–lee–ahr–dah.” Italian r's are always flipped; dentalize the consonants ( [d, t, p, ch] are particularly challenging for most students); keep the tip of the tongue on the teeth and avoid aspiration of consonants (as prevalent in English); “ch” is pronounced as “k” (Italian “chi” sounds like the word “key” in English, except for the dental “k”). Precision in pronunciation will also complement the precision of the dance–like character of the piece.
ABOUT RENAISSANCE DANCE
ABOUT THE COMPOSER
Z. Randall Stroope conducts choirs and instrumental groups throughout the United States and is the Artistic Director of annual summer festivals in Europe. Dr. Stroope is also a university professor and has published over 80 musical works. His principal composition teachers were Normand Lockwood and Cecil Effinger, both students of Nadia Boulanger (a student of Faurý). Of the eleven compact discs he has recorded, two (Passages, Volume I and Volume II) are exclusively his own works. (See www.zrstroope.com for a complete list of works and biography.)
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