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date: 17 August 2019

Antiquis, A(dam) delocked

  • Martin Picker


(b ?Venice, fl early 16th century). Italian composer. 15 frottolas and 2 laudi are attributed to ‘A. de Antiquis’ (sometimes abbreviated to ‘A. de A.’) in the collections of Ottaviano Petrucci and Andrea Antico. Petrucci appended ‘Venetus’ to Antiquis's name in Frottole libro quinto (RISM 15056), and once in Laude libro secondo (RISM 1508³) gave his name in full. Many scholars have attempted to identify Antiquis with Andrea Antico, engraver, publisher and composer from Montona; however, Antico never signed himself ‘Venetus’ and it seems likely that different people are involved. Einstein cited Antiquis's setting of the sonnet Io mi parto as the first printed example of the polyphonic working out of an entire composition of the frottola type and an important precursor of the madrigal.

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A. Einstein: The Italian Madrigal (Princeton, NJ, 1949/R)