Joan Ambrosio Dalza

Pavana alla veneziana

    Description by Anne Feeney

    This Pavane in the Venetian Style was published in 1508 by the noted music publisher Petrucci, in a volume dedicated solely to Dalza's compositions. Dalza is well-known for his transcriptions of frottolas, such as works by Cara and Tromboncino, and this pavane shows many of the same aesthetic goals, grace, melodiousness, and a certain worldliness. A pavane is a generally slow dance taken at a walking pace and consisting of relatively few moves. It was often used as a type of processional dance, and always used to show off the dancers' grace and rich dress and ornaments. One can imagine the line of ladies and gentlemen of the court entering the hall, fingertips barely touching, and each making sure he or she sees and is seen and admired by the others! This particular pavane is in 2/4 time, with a clear but unobtrusive rhythm, with repeated descending passages punctuated by chords. It beautifully evokes the refined, graceful, and rather narcissistic atmosphere of the court dances it was composed for.

    Appears On

    Year Title / Performer Label / Catalog # AllMusic Rating
    2017
    Digressione Music
    DIGR 62
    2017
    Brilliant Classics
    95262
    2008
    ABC Classics
    4763175
    2007
    Marquis Records
    813572
    2003
    Naïve
    E 8883
    2001
    Dorian
    93225
    2000
    Naxos
    553694
    1999
    Harmonia Mundi
    907215
    1999
    Ricercar
    95001
    1998
    Various Artists
    Metronome
    1023
    1996
    Dorian
    DOR 90225
    1995
    Gallo
    545
    1994
    Celestial Sounds
    4
    1992
    CBC Records / Musica Viva
    1044
    V&A