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Consortium Carissimi


Consortium Carissimi was founded in 1996 with the intent of uncovering and bringing to modem day ears the long forgotten ltalian-Roman music of the 16th and especially the 17th century, We primarily consist of five male vocal specialists (2 tenors, 1 counter-tenor, baritone and bass) accompanied by original instruments (figured bass or basso continuo) which range from theorbo, arci-lute, harpsi- chord, organ, several viola da gambas and dulciana (predecessor of the bassoon) and violone, We often add however two to four violins and two soprano voices when the repertory requires. Our performance pitch is usually A-415 or A-390 hertz.

We do our own transcriptions (both sacred and secular music) from Library manuscripts or early printed editions, consequently much of this music that hasn't been played and heard since. There are no existing autograph manuscripts of Giacomo Carissimi, hence all manuscripts that have been transcribed by Consortium Carissimi are transcriptions themselves of Carissimi's contemporaries. We have little knowledge that comes directly from the music (other than the motet text itself) as to where and in what circumstances this music was performed.

Other indications however are given in documented correspondence and personal diaries of those who visited the Basilica of Sant' Apollinare (the church adjacent to the Collegio Germanico) or the counter-reformation atmosphere of the Oratorio at San Marcello al Corso (Ss.mo Crocefisso). Pietro della Valle, roman church musician and composer, wrote in

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