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date: 20 February 2020

Marenzio [Marentio], Lucalocked

  • Steven Ledbetter,
  • James Chater
  •  and Roland Jackson

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(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 ...

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