- Anthony Newcomb
(b ?Ferrara, c1570; d Aug 25, 1649). Italian musician and patron of music. In 1600 Artusi described him as ‘a young virtuoso and as great a lover of music as any man I have ever known’. In November 1598 a musical gathering in Goretti's house in Ferrara heard madrigals by Monteverdi and other modern composers, sparking off the Artusi-Monteverdi controversy. Goretti also received dedications from G.B. Buonamente (1636), P.M. Marsolo (1607), Luigi Mazzi (1596) and Filippo Nicoletti (one villanella published in his collection of 1604). The celebrated lutenist Alessandro Piccinini, in the introduction to his tablature of 1623, praised Goretti’s music studio ‘where he keeps not only every sort of instrument both ancient and modern … but also … all the music, old and new, sacred and secular, which it is possible to find’; in 1647 Mersenne noted his viewing of the collection two years before. On Goretti's death, his son Lorenzo sold the collection to Archduke Sigismund of Austria (who had visited Ferrara in ...