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date: 28 February 2020

Gargano, Giovanni Battistalocked

  • Stanley Boorman

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(fl early 17th century). Italian music printer. In partnership with Lucrezio Nucci, he was active in Naples when it was a centre for music printing: the firms of Carlino & Pace and Sottile were also flourishing at the time. The bookseller P.P. Riccio financed a number of Gargano and Nucci's early publications including Teatro de madrigali (RISM 160916) edited by Scipione Riccio. Between then and 1618 the firm published nearly 20 musical editions, mostly of secular music by local composers such as Camillo and Francesco Lambardi, Maiello, Montella and Montesardo. The most important publication was Cerone's treatise El melopeo y maestro (1613).

Lucrezio Nucci published a few musical works on his own during 1616 and 1617. His 1616 edition of Alessandro Di Costanzo's first book of madrigals is remarkable for its colophon, which refers to an earlier edition in the following terms: ‘Naples, Giovanni Battista Sottile, ...

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