- Thomas Walker
(b ?Piazzola sul Brenta, nr Padua, Feb 20, 1632; d Padua, ?17 ? May 1689). Italian patron of the arts. He came of a wealthy and noble Venetian family and built two theatres on his estate, Piazzola sul Brenta. There he commissioned and produced a series of operas and other entertainments during the 1670s and 80s, engaging several of Venice's leading composers, notably Carlo Pallavicino and Domenico Freschi. His collection of over 1000 manuscript scores of the period 1639–85 (now in I-Vnm) is a major surviving musical source of 17th-century Venetian opera. His large collection of musical instruments included a viola da gamba by Gasparo da Salò, chitarroni by Matteo Sellas and Cristoforo Cocho, and a wide variety of wind instruments. It was later acquired by P.A.L. Correr, and much of it is now in the instrument museums of Brussels and of the Paris Conservatoire.T. Wiel: I codici musicali contariniani del secolo XVII nella R. Biblioteca di San Marco in Venezia...