From 1597, please enjoy Giovanni Gabrielli's quite amazing and beautiful Renaissance hit single "Sonata Pian 'e Forte." As performed in 1959, in a glorious arrangement for contemporary orchestral horn section, by Leopold Stokowski and the Symphony of the Air.
This has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with the mission statement of this blog, but let's say I have my reasons for posting it.
Incidentally, in a sense the Gabrielli piece actually IS kinda proto rock-and-roll, in that it's tuneful, extremely concise (at about five and a half minutes, it's suitable for Top 40 radio play) and depends on tremendous volume to make its point. Plus, it makes very sophisticated use of that whole loud/soft thing that everybody thought was a big deal when Nirvana ripped it off hundreds of years later.