Tune of the Day: Ballo detto il Conte Orlando
This lute piece by Italian late-Renaissance composer Simone Molinaro was first published in 1599 in the first book of his Intavolatura di liuto. The title could be translated as “Dance called the Count Orlando”.
In 1917, composer Ottorino Respighi used Molinaro's music as the basis for the first piece of his Ancient Airs and Dances Suite No. 1, changing the title slightly to “Balletto detto il Conte Orlando” (balletto being the diminutive of ballo).
Thanks to Phil for suggesting this piece!