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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)