Sheet Music: O passi sparsi

TitleO passi sparsi
ComposerSebastiano Festa (1490–1524)
InstrumentationFlute quartet
KeyA minor
Time signature2/2
Tempo52 BPM
Performance time2:35
Difficulty levelintermediate
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Date added2012-04-03
Last updated2012-04-03
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Madrigals, Renaissance


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Tuesday 3 April 2012

Tune of the Day: O passi sparsi

by Sebastiano Festa, transcribed for four flutes

Sebastiano Festa was an Italian composer of the Renaissance period. While his musical output was small, he was one of the earliest composers of madrigals, i.e. secular (as opposed to religious) songs that were arranged for several vocal parts.

One of Festa's madrigals, “O passi sparsi”, based on a sonnet by Petrarch, acquired some fame beyond Festa's limited circle. It was copied in many manuscripts up to mid-century, and appeared in instrumental arrangements as well.

Thanks to Doug for suggesting this piece!