10 SMASH HITS from the 1600s

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These ten pieces of music from 1600-1699 are masterpieces of composition. Written by various masters and forefathers of the art, these ten “smash hits” of the 1600s each come with a little interesting history behind them. From Buxtehude’s inspiration he gave to the legendary J. S. Bach, to Allegri, who inspired Mozart to become an ancient version of Napster and copy the whole piece by ear. Each of these pieces of music deserves a full listen, and we encourage you to seek out more recordings of these incredible, inspiring, breathtaking works. You won’t regret it!

If you are looking for a new playlist, maybe this is a great sampler to see what music is out there for you to discover! Works from earlier centuries are fascinating to look at through the eyes of today.

As these works are in the public domain, you will also be able to find free sheet music for all of them on the International Music Sheet Library Project (IMSLP).

Arranged by Andrew Wrangell
Edited by Samuel Dickenson

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List of pieces:
1. Dietrich Buxtehude: Passacaglia in D minor
2. William Byrd: Ave Verum Corpus
3. Claudio Monteverdi: Magnificat (from Vespers)
4. Gregorio Allegri: Miserere
5. Heinrich Biber: Mystery Sonatas
6. Giulio Caccini: Amarilli, mia bella from Le Nuove Musiche
7. Alessandro Scarlatti: Già il sole dal Gange
8. Johann Pachelbel: Canon in D
9. Henry Purcell: When I am Laid in Earth
10. Louis Couperin: Fantasie of Dissonances

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