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Andrea Rota

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Life

Born: c. 1553, Bologna, Italia

Died: June 1597, Bologna, Italia

Biography: Italian composer. Nothing is known of his early life, but he may have worked in Rome. His first publication, the Primo libro de madrigali a cinque voci, was printed in Venice in 1579. In May 1583 he was proposed for the position of maestro di cappella at S Petronio, Bologna, by Cardinal Giacomo Boncompagni, who claimed that Rota was ‘already known to be as good a musician and composer as anyone today, and a skilled teacher, having had many years’ experience and a great many pupils’. Rota was duly appointed and in June took charge of the exceptionally large choir which comprised 34 cantori, 12 chierici and three instrumentalists.

As maestro di capella Rota seems to have enjoyed considerable esteem. In 1584 he published his Motectorum liber primus, and this work was reprinted as an act of homage three years later by one of his pupils, Damiano Scarabelli. Between 1586 and 1594 he received donations and a salary increase from the church authorities; in December 1594 a maestro di canto was appointed, presumably to free Rota from some of his teaching duties. In 1595 he was given 80 lire by the church authorities to assist with the publication of his Missarum liber primus.

The greater part of Rota's second book of motets, as well as his unpublished motets and Magnificat settings, are for cori spezzati. One of his unpublished masses, the Missa ‘En voz à Dieux’, and the two printed masses ‘Qual è più grand’amore’ and ‘Non mi tolga il ben mio’, are parodies on secular works by Cipriano de Rore. Charles Burney described Rota as an admirable contrapuntist, singling out for praise his six-voice Da pacem Domine (from Motectorum liber secundus).

As a madrigalist, Rota seems to have had close connections with the court of Ferrara: he contributed to two Ferrarese anthologies, and his second book of five-voice madrigals was dedicated to Alfonso d'Este. Nevertheless, his madrigals tend to be conservative in style. The first books for four and five voices make sparing use of word painting, chromaticism and dissonance, while demonstrating considerable contrapuntal skill. His second book of five-voice madrigals and those written for the Ferrarese anthologies are more up to date, showing some influence of the Ferrarese luxuriant style and with a more frequent use of expressive dissonance. The Bolognese poet Cesare Rinaldi dedicated a sonnet to Rota, who set some of his verse.


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List of choral works

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  • Motectorum liber primus
1. Reminiscere miserationum tuarum a 5   ( Icon_pdf.gif Icon_snd.gif )
2. Emendemus in melius a 5   ( Icon_pdf.gif Icon_snd.gif )
3. Laetare Hierusalem a 5   ( Icon_pdf.gif Icon_snd.gif )
4. Angelus Domini locutus est a 5   ( Icon_pdf.gif Icon_snd.gif )
5. Versa est in luctum a 5   ( Icon_pdf.gif Icon_snd.gif )
6. Tribulationes cordis mei a 5   ( Icon_pdf.gif Icon_snd.gif )
7. Hodie Christus natus est a 5   ( Icon_pdf.gif Icon_snd.gif )
8. Veni sponsa Christi a 5   ( Icon_pdf.gif Icon_snd.gif )
9. Congregati sunt inimici a 5   ( Icon_pdf.gif Icon_snd.gif )
10. Exaudi me Domine a 6   ( Icon_pdf.gif Icon_snd.gif )
11. Egredimini et videte a 6   ( Icon_pdf.gif Icon_snd.gif )
12 - 13. Ave caro Christi, Salve corpus Jesu Christi a 6   ( Icon_pdf.gif Icon_snd.gif )
14. Domine secundum actum meum a 6   ( Icon_pdf.gif Icon_snd.gif )
15. Suscepimus Deus a 6   ( Icon_pdf.gif Icon_snd.gif )
16. Benedicam Dominum a 6   ( Icon_pdf.gif Icon_snd.gif )
17. Ave Regina caelorum a 6   ( Icon_pdf.gif Icon_snd.gif )
18. Alleluia Haec dies a 6   ( Icon_pdf.gif Icon_snd.gif )
19. Magnus Dominus a 6   ( Icon_pdf.gif Icon_snd.gif )
20. Repleatur os meum a 6   ( Icon_pdf.gif Icon_snd.gif )
21. In dedicatione templi a 7   ( Icon_pdf.gif Icon_snd.gif )
22. Dixerunt Caldei a 7   ( Icon_pdf.gif Icon_snd.gif )
23. Jubilemus in arca Domini   ( Icon_pdf.gif Icon_snd.gif )
24. In voluntate tua a 8   ( Icon_pdf.gif Icon_snd.gif )
25. Confitebor tibi a 8   ( Icon_pdf.gif Icon_snd.gif )
  • Motectorum liber secundus
1. Veni Domine a 5   ( Icon_pdf.gif Icon_snd.gif )
2. O magnum mysterium a 5   ( Icon_pdf.gif Icon_snd.gif )
3. In lectulo meo a 5   ( Icon_pdf.gif Icon_snd.gif )
4. Domine quando veneris a 5   ( Icon_pdf.gif Icon_snd.gif )
5. In salutari tuo a 5   ( Icon_pdf.gif Icon_snd.gif )
6 - 7. Benedic Domine - Agimus tibi gratias   ( Icon_pdf.gif Icon_snd.gif )
8. Virgo benedicta a 5   ( Icon_pdf.gif Icon_snd.gif )
9. Consolator et amator spiritus a 6   ( Icon_pdf.gif Icon_snd.gif )
10. Virgo prudentissima a 6   ( Icon_pdf.gif Icon_snd.gif )
11. Da pacem a 6   ( Icon_pdf.gif Icon_snd.gif )
12. Veni electa mea a 6   ( Icon_pdf.gif Icon_snd.gif )
13. Deus misereatur nostri a 6   ( Icon_pdf.gif Icon_snd.gif )
14. O Domine Jesu Christe a 6   ( Icon_pdf.gif Icon_snd.gif )
15. Benedicamus Patrem a 6   ( Icon_pdf.gif Icon_snd.gif )
16. Leva in circuitu oculos tuos a 6   ( Icon_pdf.gif Icon_snd.gif )
17. Adoramus te a 6   ( Icon_pdf.gif Icon_snd.gif )
18. Speciosa facta es a 7   ( Icon_pdf.gif Icon_snd.gif )
19. Gaudeamus omnes a 8   ( Icon_pdf.gif Icon_snd.gif )
20. Beata viscera a 8   ( Icon_pdf.gif Icon_snd.gif )
21. Surrexit pastor bonus a 8   ( Icon_pdf.gif Icon_snd.gif )
22. Omnes gentes a 8   ( Icon_pdf.gif Icon_snd.gif )
23. Ave Regina a 8   ( Icon_pdf.gif Icon_snd.gif )
24. In civitate a 8   ( Icon_pdf.gif Icon_snd.gif )
25. Cantabant Sancti   ( Icon_pdf.gif Icon_snd.gif )
26. Peccavi quid faciam tibi a 8   ( Icon_pdf.gif Icon_snd.gif )
27. Qualis est dilectus tuus a 8   ( Icon_pdf.gif Icon_snd.gif )
28. Alma Dei mater a 8   ( Icon_pdf.gif Icon_snd.gif )
29. Respice in me a 10   ( Icon_pdf.gif Icon_snd.gif )


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Publications

  • Primo libro de madrigali a cinque voci, Venice 1579
  • Motectorum liber primus, 1584
  • Motectorum liber secundus, 1595
  • Missarum liber primus, 1595


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