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Medieval Music in Urbane Urbino

Urbino, a stunning walled city in the Le Marche region of Italy plays host to an annual festival of early music. This year’s edition runs from July 19th-28th 2013.

If you happen to be in the area, go have a listen to the ethereal sounds of early music filling this atmospheric location. Actually, exploring the streets of Urbino to the sound of medieval music is bound to add to the experience and should conjure up images of life in Urbino in years gone by.

Close your eyes, and let your imagination do what it does best. Probably as close as you can get to travelling back in time to see the real thing.

It’s hard to imagine a better location for an early music festival, even if Italy has more than a few candidates.

For this week’s musical Tuesday on Italy Chronicles, here are some music videos from the early music festival to get you in the mood for a visit to Urbino.

Urbane Urbino in Italy's Le Marche region
Urbane Urbino in Italy’s Le Marche region

Jacopo da Bologna – Caccia – Per sparverare tolsi el mio sparvero


Claudio Monteverdi, Hor che ‘l ciel e la terra

Primarily vocal. Melancholic, but livens up a little.

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Jacopo da Bologna – Madrigale – Fenice fu’


Donato da Cascia – Caccia – Faccia chi de’, s’el pò, chè passa l’ora



Antonio Vivaldi, Cessate omai cessate, I, Recitativo


More videos here: FIMA Early Music Festival on YouTube


Urbino photo by Il conte di Luna

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