Show Summary Details

Page of

Printed from Grove Music Online. Grove is a registered trademark. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a single article for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy).

date: 20 February 2020

Marenzio [Marentio], Lucalocked

  • Steven Ledbetter,
  • James Chater
  •  and Roland Jackson


(b Coccaglio, nr Brescia, 1553 or 1554; d Rome, Aug 22, 1599). Italian composer. He was one of the most prolific and wide-ranging madrigalists of the later 16th century, particularly notable for the detailed word-painting of his early works and the advanced harmonic expressiveness of his later ones.

Steven Ledbetter, revised by James Chater

The only evidence of Marenzio’s date of birth is the statement made in 1588 by his father, a Brescian notary clerk, that his son Luca, a musician then in the service of the Grand Duke of Tuscany, was 35 years old. Guerrini has suggested that he was named after the saint whose feast falls on 18 October, which would give him a birthdate of 18 October 1553. Cozzando claimed that the family was ‘of humble and poor condition’, and that Marenzio was instructed in ‘letters and the acquisition of skills’ by a local priest, Andrea Masetto. This latter testimony is doubtful, given that the Andrea Masetto to whom the posthumous ...

You do not currently have access to this article


Please login to access the full content.


Please subscribe to access the full content.

Vienna, Österreichische Nationalbibliothek, Musiksammlung
Rome, Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale Vittorio Emanuele II
Verona, Accademia Filarmonica, Biblioteca e Archivio
Berlin, Stadtbibliothek, Musikbibliothek [in D-Bz]
Music & Letters
A. Einstein: The Italian Madrigal (Princeton, NJ, 1949/R)
Vienna, Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde
Wolfenbüttel, Herzog August Bibliothek, Handschriftensammlung
Basle, Universität Basel, Öffentliche Bibliothek, Musikabteilung
Tenbury Wells, St Michael's College Library [in GB-Ob]
Wolfenbüttel, Niedersächsisches Staatsarchiv
Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Musikabteilung
Lüneburg, Ratsbücherei, Musikabteilung
Rome, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana
Bologna, Civico Museo Bibliografico Musicale
Rivista internazionale di musica sacra
Münster, Bischöflishes Priesterseminar, Bibliothek
Pelplin, Wyzsze Seminarium Duchowne, Biblioteka
Münster, Santini-Bibliothek [in D-MÜp]
Kassel, Gesamthochschul-Bibliothek, Landesbibliothek und Murhardsche Bibliothek, Musiksammlung
Dresden, Sächsische Landesbibliothek - Staats- und Universitäts-Bibliothek, Musikabteilung
Acta musicologica
Rome, Conservatorio di Musica S Cecilia
Journal of the American Musicological Society
Kirchenmusikalisches Jahrbuch
Hortus musicus
Neue Zeitschrift für Musik
Rivista italiana di musicologia
A. Newcomb: The Madrigal at Ferrara, 1579-1597 (Princeton, NJ, 1980)
Regensburg, Bischöfliche Zentralbibliothek, Proske-Musikbibliothek
Musical Times
Journal of Musicology
Gdańsk, Polska Akademia Nauk, Biblioteka Gdańska
Early Music