Bartoli [De Bartolo], Erasmo [‘Padre Raimo’]
- Renato Bossa
(b Gaeta, 1606; d Naples, July 15, 1656). Italian composer and singer. His teacher was probably G.B. de Bellis. On 19 December 1626 he joined the royal chapel at Naples as a bass and remained there until 1636. In March of that year he was admitted to the Congregazione dell'Oratorio with a salary for life for himself and his mother. He was music prefect in 1642 and from 1652 to 1656. He played some part in the posthumous publication of Scipione Dentice's Madrigali spirituali, libro secondo (Naples, 1640) which he dedicated to Cardinal Buoncompagno. He died of the plague. He was a prolific composer of church music, which the fathers of the oratory valued so highly that in 1713 one of them, Scipione Narni, arranged for the copying of the most often performed works. The motets for four choirs (in I-Nc and Nf) are mainly homophonic, and the few contrapuntal passages are rather weak....