Scattered Rhymes

— A tribute to Francesco Petrarca (2015)

Zefiro Torna - Frank Vaganée Trio

  1. Sigismondo d’India (c.1582-1629) - Voi ch’ascoltate in rime sparse
  2. Els Van Laethem (°1973)* - Mille piagge
  3. Guillaume Du Fay (c.1397-1474)* - Vergine bella
  4. Cipriano de Rore (1515/16-1565)* - Io canterei d’amor
  5. Els Van Laethem* - Una candida cerva
  6. Els Van Laethem* - La gola
  7. Frans Liszt (1811-1886)* - Pace non trovo
  8. Jacopo da Bologna (fl. 1340-c.1360)* - Non al suo amante
  9. Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643)* - Zefiro torna
  10. Claudio Monteverdi* - Vago augelletto
  11. Jurgen De bruyn (°1971)** - Een jonge vrouw

* arrangement Frank Vaganée
** arrangement Ensemble


6 April 1327. In a small church nearby Avignon, a glimpse of a woman named Laura ignited a lingering passion in the renaissance poet and humanist Francesco Petrarca. His rime sparse or scattered verses took the form of 366 sonnets that later would be called ‘Canzoniere’. This songbook is full of platonic love declarations and cryptic references to his unattainable beauty. It almost reads as Petrarca’s own psychoanalytical notepad.

For centuries these sonnets have formed an inspiration for numerous poets. They were set to music by excellent composers such as da Bologna, de Rore, Lassus, Monteverdi, Liszt and Schönberg. The historical music ensemble Zefiro Torna and Frank Vaganée Trio continue this tradition. They edit the music of medieval, renaissance and baroque madrigals, romantic songs and avant-garde music. Above that they wrote new songs on Petrarca’s immortal verses. Polyphonic tissues, obsessive rhythms, sound chemistry, painful punches, wordless scatting and healing harmonies form the elements of a timeless tribute.

The album Scattered Rhymes will be released on 11 December 2015 at Homerecords, in coproduction with Brosella Folk & Jazz.

Zefiro Torna

Juliet Fraser vocals
Didier François nyckelharpa
Jurgen De bruyn archlute, lute, vocals
Els Van Laethem compositions

Frank Vaganée Trio
Frank Vaganée soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, arrangements
Jos Machtel double bass
Lionel Beuvens drums


Gyuri Spies recording, mixing
Michel Van Achter mastering

Marco Mertens photography
Corentin Aussums artwork

Coproducers The City of Mechelen, CC Mechelen, Brosella Folk & Jazz

Recorded July 2015, Motormusic Studios, Mechelen
Released by homerecords.be