Bernardo Storace (fl. 1664) was an Italian composer. Almost nothing is known about his life; his only surviving collection of music contains numerous variation sets and represents a transitory stage between the time of Girolamo Frescobaldi and that of Bernardo Pasquini.
I recorded a set of variations on the 'Monica'. Monica was a tune popular in Italy, Germany, France, the Low Countries and England from the 16th century to the 18th. The title stems from the text that was associated with the melody in Italy 'Madre non mi far monaca'. It tells the story of a young girl forced to become a nun, a recurring theme in much Italian folk literature from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance. This tune has also been used for the well-known hymn 'Von Gott will ich nicht lassen'.
The used registration of each variation:
HW: Bourdon 16' (octave higher)
HW: Principal 16' (octave higher)
NW: Offenflöte 8' EW: Unda maris 8'
HW: Copel 8' NW: Flageolet 2' HW-NW
HW: Flöte 4'
NW: Offenflöte 8', Principal 4', Mixtur III
NW: Flageolet 2' + Nachtigall
NW: Offenflöte 8', Principal 4', Flageolet 2', Terz 1 3/5' EW: Quintade 8', Salicional 8'
The sheet music is in the attachments.