This is the list of all the composers who have some works published or at least listed in the whole Gardane site.

Fortuna desperata

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This Italian song has been attributed for years to Busnoys, but recently its autorship has been challenged on stylistic grounds and reattributed to one «Ser Felice» of Florence. I do not know who actually composed this song, but it is certainly odd that Busnoys would use an Italian text for one of his compositions.

This is the original text:

Fortuna desperata,
iniqua e maledecta,
che de tal dona electa,
la fama hai denigrata.

O morte dispietata,
inimica e crudele,
che d'alto più che stelle,
l'hai cusì abassata.

«Fortuna desperata» was one of the most famous song of the early Renaissance and gave rise to about 30 further polyphonic elaborations. Usually, composers would take one to three voices of the original setting and add to them their own lines. Let us see how the compositions listed below were conceived.

11 Entries

composer title scoring
Flautodolceentry added or modified on 2008-12-31
Agricola, Alexander
(c. 1445 - 1506)
Fortuna desperata ,
?  v. 1.00
?  SATBBB
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Flautodolceentry added or modified on 2011-09-14
Anonymous Fortuna desperata ,
source: Q16 (1487). Manuscript preserved in Bologna: Museo internazionale e biblioteca della musica
?  v. 2.00
?  SATB
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Flautodolceentry added or modified on 2011-09-15
Anonymous Fortuna desperata ,
source: Ms. Rés. Vm7 676 (1502). Manuscript preserved in Paris: Bibliothèque nationale
?  v. 2.00
?  SATB
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Flautodolceentry added or modified on 2011-09-16
Busnoys, Antoine
(c. 1430 - 1492)
Fortuna desperata ,
?  v. 2.00
?  SAB
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Isaac, Heinrich
(c. 1450 - 1517)
Fortuna desperata ,
?  v. 2.00
?  ATB
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Josquin des Pres
(c. 1440 - 1521)
Fortuna desperata ,
?  v. 1.00
?  SAB
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Flautodolceentry added or modified on 2011-09-18
Martini, Johannes
(c. 1430 - 1497)
Fortuna desperata ,
source: Q18 (XVI cent.). Manuscript preserved in Bologna: Museo internazionale e biblioteca della musica
?  v. 2.00
?  STTB
? Recorder friendliness: Recorder friendliness
Flautodolceentry added or modified on 2012-01-03
Martini, Johannes
(c. 1430 - 1497)
Fortuna desperata ,
source: Cod. 2856 (1480-90). Manuscript preserved in Rome: Biblioteca Casanatense
?  v. 1.00
?  ATBB or STTB
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Flautodolceentry added or modified on 2011-09-18
Pinarol, Johannes de
(XV cent.)
50. Fortuna desperata ,
source: Canti C. N. cento cinquanta (O. Petrucci, Venice 1503)
?  v. 2.00
?  STTB
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Senfl, Ludwig
(c. 1486 - c. 1542)
Fortuna [desperata] ad voces musicales ,
source: Sebald Heyden's De arte canendi, ac vero signorum in cantibus usu, libri duo (Nuremberg 1540)
?  v. 2.00
?  ATTB or SATB
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Flautodolceentry added or modified on 2011-07-31
Spinacino, Francesco
(flourished 1507)
Fortuna desperata ,
source: Intabulatura de lauto. Libro 2 (Venice 1507)
?  v. 2.00
?  SATB
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