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Barbetta, Giulio Cesarelocked

  • Carol MacClintock
  •  and Dinko Fabris

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(b ?Padua c1540; d after 1603). Italian lutenist and composer. Title-pages of his publications refer to him as ‘Padoano’. Padua was one of the centres of lute building and teaching. Barbetta's surviving lute books are among the most important Italian sources for the old six-course (‘second l'uso antico’) and new seven-course lute. The dedications of some of his publications to German aristocrats suggests connections with Germany (through German students at the University of Padua). His music was well known in northern Europe: ten gagliardas and two of the passamezzos from his first book (...

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