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date: 16 July 2020

Guidetti, Giovanni Domenicolocked

  • Lewis Lockwood
  • , revised by David Crawford


(b Bologna, bap. 1530, Jan 1, 1531; d Rome, Nov 30, 1592). Italian singer and editor of plainsong. He was at some point a pupil of Palestrina, with whom he was evidently on good terms and who admired his work. He was a singer in the papal chapel in 1575 and was chaplain to Pope Gregory XIII. In 1592 he received a printer's privilege permitting him to publish chant books in small format, in contrast to the large folio size then commonly in use for such books. His publications of plainsong are the most complete and authoritative manuals of their kind from the period following the Council of Trent. The chief one is the Directorium chori, inspected and corrected by Palestrina, which provides a standardized church calendar and useful plainsong formulae based on older traditions at Rome. Unlike the attempted plainsong revision of Palestrina and Annibale Zoilo, Guidetti seems not to have attempted to modify the melodic material available to him. Various printed chantbooks in both Spain and Italy had employed pseudo-mensural notation before the ...

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