Passeggiata Musicale. Leonardo Da Vinci
Josquin Desprez - Claudin de Sermisy - Clément Janequin - Bartolomeo Tromboncino - Leonardo da Vinci

Passeggiata Musicale. Leonardo Da Vinci

ALTA Early Music Ensemble

Label: Ayros
Format: CD
Barcode: 5902768283136
Catalog number: AYCD 07
Releasedate: 05-03-21
- Music inspired by Leonardo da Vinci's enigmas. 
- This recording features the Viola Organista built by Sławomir Zubrzycki
To Renaissance court of Ludovico Sforza, the Duke of Milan, arrived an eccentric thirty-yearold man from Florence. It was 1482. He was a mathematician, anatomist, philosopher, constructor, astronomer... But not many people know, that he was also a musician. One of his 16th century biographers wrote, that the Sforzas hired Leonardo not as a painter nor architect, but – what might surprise us – as a musician and a party organizer of impeccable manners.
Leonardo called music a worse sister of painting, because a painting lasts forever and music has no material form. It exists only in the moment of the performance, moreover – it dies in the moment of the birth. That’s why music couldn’t stand comparison to architecture or sculpture.
None of Leonardo’s musical compositions survived, but apart from many drawings and fragments of treatises, in his notebooks there are also rebuses and... musical riddles, all written in mirror reflection. In at least 18 riddles, Leonardo da Vinci used musical notation. These musical „games” were not only notes, but they created sentences, because according to solmisation, a method created by Guido of Arezzo, every note has its own name – ‘ut’ (later replaced by a much easier to pronounce ‘do’), ‘re’, ‘mi’, ‘fa’, ‘sol’, ‘la’, ‘si’. When put into shape, with decoded meaning of the text, they turn out to be incredibly powerful, hypnotic and nostalgic melodies.
The ensemble of historical instruments Alta concentrates on promoting early music with special focus on the music of Polish and European Renaissance. At the beginning connected with The Lublin Castle, it broadened its activity step by step and today it performs with great successes in Poland and abroad. It took part in Polish and international festivals, such as Knights Festival in Israel, International Festival “Salesian Summer” in Przemyśl or Festiwal Piotra z Grudziądza, and its members have performed in France, Spain, Germany, Austria, Mexico and Ecuador. In the concerts the artists present the sound of historical instruments, such as lutes, shawms, pommers, cornamuse, viola da gamba, recorders, vielle and hurdy-gurdy.