Nicolaus de Capua [ Capoa ]
- Robert Nosow
[ Capoa ]
( b ?Capua; fl 1415; d ?after 1460). Italian theorist . He may be identifiable with the presbyter Nicolaus quondam Iohannis de Traconibus de Capua, who was a mansionario and tenorista at the cathedrals of Udine (1432–5), where he sang with the composer Christoforus de Monte, and Treviso (1439–42). Nicolaus became a mansionario at Vicenza Cathedral (1442–61), attracted by that city’s better climate (this transfer was expressly approved by the Bishop of Treviso, Ludovico Barbo). He remained at Vicenza until 1461, when he apparently retired to the rural church of S Maria in Montebello Vicentino.
Nicolaus’s Compendium musicale of 1415 (ed. A. de La Fage, Paris, 1853) offers a full treatment of the theory of cantus planus compiled from different sources and written in just the sort of clear, didactic style that would be most useful to a tenorista as leader of a choir in plainchant and polyphony. The section on ...