Ana [Anna], Francesco d’ [Franciscus Venetus, Francesco Varoter, etc.]
- William F. Prizer
[Franciscus VenetusFrancesco Varoter, etc.]
(b ?Venice, c1460; d Venice, late 1502, or before Feb 6, 1503). Italian composer and organist. He was appointed the first player of the second new organ at S Marco, Venice, in 1490, having previously been organist at S Leonardo there. He held the position at S Marco until shortly before 6 February 1503 when he was replaced by Giovanni de Marino and was described as ‘recently deceased’. He is therefore not identifiable with Francesco d’Ana of Padua who was appointed organist at Concordia Sagittaria Cathedral on 15 March 1554.
Many of Ana’s works are marked only with the initials ‘F.V.’ in Petrucci’s frottola books. In a list of corrections to Tenori e contrabassi intabulati … libro primo (1509) Petrucci named ‘F.V.’ as Francesco Varoter (Francesco the furrier). On the basis of this, Disertori attributed to Varoter all the other works ascribed to ‘F.V.’. This is improbable, and it is far more likely that the two musicians are the same. ...