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'Anon' may be less significant historically, but musically he (or she) can run with
the fleetest. An enchanting piece has basis in the 'Spagna' dance tune that played
cantus firmus in a multitude of polyphonic flights. Jacob Heringman has devised a
setting for two lutes, using the surviving treble line and fitting the obligatory
'Spagna' ground as bass for the second lute. Much virtuosity is involved
[listen -- track 14, 0:00-1:09].
The same composer is responsible for a frisky Balletto, popular in idiom and designed
to stir the most reluctant foot towards the dance
[listen -- track 23, 0:00-1:33].
Jacob Heringman has an infectious zest for the music, whether learned or fun.
His technical skill guarantees admirable clarity in the midst of complex
counterpoints, and there is a delightful sense of well-being about the performances.
If the 'Siena Book' was indeed copied in that splendid city, it is a graceful domestic
complement to the public music-making of church and state. What influence Heringman may
have on the vegetable kingdom I leave to higher authority.