Sprezzatura performs music from the Renaissance and Baroque eras on historic instruments in the El Paso and Las Cruces areas.
“This virtue … contrary to affectation which we now call sprezzatura … [is] the true source of grace”
-Baldassare Castiglione, Il libro del cortegiano (1528)
“Sprezzatura is . . . courtly grace revealed in the effortless resolution of all difficulties”
-J. Shearman, Mannerism (1967)
“[Giulio Caccini] advocates a style of singing characterized by ‘a certain noble sprezzatura,’ by which he means a kind of . . . graceful disregard of rules for the sake of expressivity.”
-W. Heller, Music in the Baroque (2014)